Dubai's 200 MW CSP tender framework offers potential cost savings from engineering through to operations and new entrants from China could help lower prices, Inaki Perez, Solar Team Leader at Mott MacDonald, DEWA's Technical Advisor, said at the MENA New Energy 2017 conference.
A new Investment Tax Credit proposal linked to installation costs would raise CSP tax breaks from the end of 2016, the point at which the 30% credit for all solar projects is currently scheduled to drop to 10%.
California's SolarReserve wants to bring in an investor with the financial clout to raise more than $4 billion in equity to help fund the next phase of the company's global development, Kevin Smith, CEO of SolarReserve, said.
GlassPoint Solar’s massive 1.0 GW Miraah CSP plant in Oman establishes solar thermal as a key asset for enhanced oil recovery as operators continue to optimise production in a low oil price environment.
We caught up with ACWA Power’s President and CEO, Paddy Padmanathan, the CEO of SolarReserve, Kevin Smith, and the President of Estela, Luis Crespo to discuss the road to cost reduction and bid success.
Israel’s Ashalim projects are set to dominate the country’s CSP landscape as the State’s land allocations and energy market regulation hold back other development, Oren Gadot, CEO of CSP developer Heliofocus, said.
Concentrated Solar Power has the potential to produce 10% of South Africa’s electricity requirements but grid connections need to be improved in key solar Provinces like the Northern Cape, Nandu Bhula, CEO of ACWA Power Solafrica Bokpoort, said.
The development of scalable storage-only technology, using electricity to heat molten salts, would help reduce costs for CSP projects, Justin Raade, CEO of energy storage systems supplier Halotechnics, said.
The development of scalable storage-only technology, using electricity to heat molten salts, would help reduce costs for CSP projects, Justin Raade, CEO of energy storage systems sup-plier Halotechnics, said.
Lebanese engineering firm Phoenix Energy has developed a dish Stirling CSP system for off-grid use but its mass production is being held back by the lack of competitively priced 1-5 kW Stirling engines, Dany Kaddoum, project manager at Phoenix Energy, said.
CSP suppliers and developers will need to focus on local content and local presence, in addition to component cost reductions, to be successful in the growing Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market, Jeroen van Schijndel, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Rioglass, told CSP Today.