Seen from the Las Vegas road, which offers a view across the wide El Dorado Valley, Acciona Solar Power?s Nevada Solar One plant seems tiny – a distant silver-colored football field amongst a wide expanse of rock and gravel. The open desert space seems to represent the many locations in this, and neighboring, U.S. states – and those of North Africa and sunbelt regions around the world – where concentrating solar power production can blossom into a truly significant source of electricity.
The signs are good: the early SEGS plants of California?s Mojave Desert have been producing megawatt-hours for more than two decades, proving that this type of technology really can deliver. Now, with new technical advances, and with the right policy drivers and a favorable financial climate in place, it?s time to see whether the growth curve of concentrating solar power can follow that of wind power or solar PV. Read more: