Solar Farms Abandoning Concentrating Solar for PV
A spike in production of PV due to a mandate for California’s utilities to source 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2010 has made PV 3–4 cents cheaper per kilowatt-hour than CSP. Further, CSP plants require large, continuous tracts of land and heavy machinery, which disturbs fragile habitat in the deserts where these plants are built. While still damaging to desert landscapes, PV allows greater flexibility in terms of land use and requires less heavy machinery.
Dick, E. (2011, July 1). Solar Farms Abandoning Concentrating Solar for PV. Retrieved from https://www.buildinggreen.com/newsbrief/solar-farms-abandoning-concentrating-solar-pv