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The cost of Concentrated Solar Power declined by 16%

The cost of renewables, meanwhile, continued to fall even in 2020, despite Covid-linked disruption. The cost of electricity from utility-scale solar PV declined by 7% year-on-year, while offshore wind fell by 9%, onshore wind 13% and concentrating solar power by 16%. Between 2000 and 2020, renewables capacity grew more than three times, increasing by 754 … Continue reading The cost of Concentrated Solar Power declined by 16%

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Majority of New Renewables Undercut Cheapest Fossil Fuel on Cost

Countries urged to power past coal as new report confirms renewables would bring cost savings of USD 156 billion to emerging economies. The share of renewable energy that achieved lower costs than the most competitive fossil fuel option doubled in 2020, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows. 162 gigawatts (GW) … Continue reading Majority of New Renewables Undercut Cheapest Fossil Fuel on Cost

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Goals of the Solar Energy Technologies Office

The goal of the Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is to accelerate the development and deployment of solar technology to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and decarbonized energy sector by 2050. Achieving this goal will support the nationwide effort to meet the threat of climate change and ensure … Continue reading Goals of the Solar Energy Technologies Office

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Future wind energy costs 50 percent lower than predicted five years ago

Five years ago, a survey led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) asked many experts about the future of wind power and cost trends. Once again, the industry has beaten the projections– cost reductions since then have dropped much faster than predicted. New estimates of future costs are half what global wind experts predict … Continue reading Future wind energy costs 50 percent lower than predicted five years ago

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Cost Analysis Explores Offshore Wind Power’s US Market Viability & Risk

The U.S. offshore wind energy pipeline is predicted to exceed 25,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030. But, with only two commercial offshore wind plants currently operating in the United States, developers need accurate modeling to evaluate prospective new projects, weigh realistic costs against financial returns, anticipate the impact of technological and process innovations, and quantify risk … Continue reading Cost Analysis Explores Offshore Wind Power’s US Market Viability & Risk

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Wind energy and solar power remain the country’s most affordable sources of new electricity

For energy wonks, Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis 14.0 is always one of the year’s most anticipated reports. It’s the gold-standard when comparing the cost of different power generation technologies on an objective, equitable basis. No surprise, Lazard finds that wind and solar continue to be the lowest-cost sources of new power generation across … Continue reading Wind energy and solar power remain the country’s most affordable sources of new electricity

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Cost of offshore wind energy is half what it was five years ago

In addition to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we have in the background the urgent need to tackle the threat of unstoppable climate change. Well-informed positive leadership is required to deal with the climate crisis and give our children and grandchildren the opportunity of a normal healthy life on this planet. This well-informed leadership is clearly … Continue reading Cost of offshore wind energy is half what it was five years ago

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Why invest in Concentrating Solar Power?

Why is Bill Gates backing a Concentrated Solar Power company?  What is oil major ENI doing with a CSP start-up? Why has Zurich airport agreed to purchase aviation fuel from a solar thermal company? Why are investors purchasing operating Concentrating Solar Power plants? Many investors have written-off CSP in favour of investments PV and wind. This … Continue reading Why invest in Concentrating Solar Power?

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The cost of Concentrated Solar Power fell by 47% between 2010 and 2019

The weighted average LCOE of Concentrated Solar Power plants fell by 47% between 2010 and 2019, from USD 0.346/kWh to USD 0.182/kWh, excluding two much delayed projects that are not representative of today’s optimised technology configuration that were commissioned in 2019. The global weighted-average total installed costs of Concentrating Solar Power plants commissioned in 2019 … Continue reading The cost of Concentrated Solar Power fell by 47% between 2010 and 2019

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Supersized wind turbines could boost value of wind energy to the grid

A new study published by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has shown that “supersized wind turbines” can possibly enhance the value of wind energy to the electricity system by around $US4-5/MWh. The new study, published in the journal Wind Engineering, highlights how the recent upscaling of wind turbine size – which includes nameplate … Continue reading Supersized wind turbines could boost value of wind energy to the grid

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Solar and wind power now cheaper than coal

IRENA found 56% of renewable capacity added last year achieved lower electricity costs than new coal power plants. Furthermore, by the end of 2021 it would be cheaper to build new photovoltaic facilities than to keep running active coal power plants of as much as 1.2 TW, more than half of the world total, according … Continue reading Solar and wind power now cheaper than coal

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Renewable energy costs plummet according to IRENA

Solar and wind power technologies keep getting cheaper. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released a report earlier this week detailing just how much the cost of developing renewable energy has become.  Diving right into the numbers, IRENA notes that solar photovoltaics (PV) prices have fallen a whopping 82% since 2010 while concentrated solar power … Continue reading Renewable energy costs plummet according to IRENA

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Irena: costs have fallen by onshore wind energy at 40% and offshore wind power at 29%

Renewable electricity costs have fallen sharply over the past decade, driven by improving technologies, economies of scale, increasingly competitive supply chains and growing developer experience. Since 2010, utility-scale solar PV power has shown the sharpest cost decline at 82%, followed by concentrating solar power (CSP) at 47%, onshore wind at 39% and offshore wind at … Continue reading Irena: costs have fallen by onshore wind energy at 40% and offshore wind power at 29%

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Chile could build Concentrated Solar Power at $76/MWh

Concentrating Solar Power plants could be built at a levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of $76/MWh near the city of Copiapo in northern Chile, according to a report by researchers at Santiago’s Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria and the Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation. The researchers estimated solar thermal production, capital costs, operational costs and financial … Continue reading Chile could build Concentrated Solar Power at $76/MWh

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Self-aligning heliostats arrive to slice Concentrated Solar Power costs

Soon to hit the market, auto-calibrating heliostat systems will cut capex, accelerate construction times and expand siting potential, suppliers told New Energy Update. As Concentrating Solar Power developers drive for lower costs, heliostat performance has become a key area of research. Heliostats can represent half of the capital costs of a Concentrated Solar Power plant … Continue reading Self-aligning heliostats arrive to slice Concentrated Solar Power costs

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Concentrated Solar Power costs are expected to fall by 79% by 2022

Concentrating Solar Power costs have already plummeted by 47% compared to 2010. It is likely that costs will continue their downward trajectory thanks to economies of scale, deployment in locations with better solar resources and lower costs of capital, according to a study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The International Renewable Energy Agency … Continue reading Concentrated Solar Power costs are expected to fall by 79% by 2022

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Good quality and cost-competitive steel central to success of wind energy industry manufacturing in Europe

Access to good quality and cost-competitive steel is a key pillar to the success of the European wind power industry. It enables the industry to compete effectively both against conventional energy sources and in third country wind energy markets. WindEurope is alarmed therefore by the decision to render the existing safeguard measures on steel imports … Continue reading Good quality and cost-competitive steel central to success of wind energy industry manufacturing in Europe

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Report finds attractive wind energy prices, at under 2¢/kWh on average

“2018 Wind Technologies Market Report” provides an annual overview of trends in the U.S. wind power market.  Highlights of this year’s report include: Wind power capacity additions continued at a robust pace in 2018: $11 billion was invested in new wind power plants in 2018. In 2018, wind energy contributed 6.5% of the nation’s electricity … Continue reading Report finds attractive wind energy prices, at under 2¢/kWh on average

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Wind energy costs and prices driven to new lows in US

Wind power is enjoying a prime period in the United States, with record low technology costs spurring strong investment, as local production of components helps projects avoid the worst impacts of Trump’s trade war with China that has hit the solar market hard. The Wind Technologies Market Report commissioned by the US Department of Energy, … Continue reading Wind energy costs and prices driven to new lows in US

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Wind power costs have plummeted. How can they fall even further?

New technology gets cheaper over time. We’ve seen it with TVs, laptops and even cell phones. While a new iPhone may run you several hundred dollars today, a Motorola DynaTac would have set you back nearly $4,000 in 1983. Wind energy is no exception to this rule—it may have been costly at one time, but … Continue reading Wind power costs have plummeted. How can they fall even further?

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