Solar Plant Development Impeded by Tax Credit Reductions

by Niti Nagar

Solana, a solar thermal power plant in the Arizona desert has been functioning for more than a year now. Developed by the Spanish energy and technology company Abengoa, it has succeeded in producing energy when the sun is not shining, allowing solar production to continue at full capacity long after 6 o’clock at night. According to Brad Albert, the general manager for resource management at Arizona Public Service, this feature adds a lot of value because the customer demand for electricity is so high after the sun goes down. The Solana uses parabolic mirrors that direct sunlight on pipes that carry the heat to tanks of salt. The heat is contained for up to six hours until the plant converts it to make electricity via steam. Continue reading