Groundbreaking of 5 MW micro CSP plant in Hawaii

<b>Groundbreaking of the 5 MW micro CSP plant Kalaeloa Solar One in Hawaii.</b><br><br><i>Photo: Sopogy</i>
Groundbreaking of the 5 MW micro CSP plant Kalaeloa Solar One in Hawaii.

Photo: Sopogy

The system uses a high temperature energy cycle and works at temperatures of about 200° C. The collectors are much smaller than collectors used in the commercial plants in Spain and the southwest US. Sopogy expects that they can produce energy at grid parity. In Hawaii this would be around 26 US-Ct/kWh. The Kalaeloa Solar One project is a partnership between the State of Hawaii, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and Keahole Solar Power (KSL). Sopogy plans to complete the plant before November 2011 to present it at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to leaders from 21 countries.
The state of Hawaii also recently announced a feed-in tariff for renewable energy projects. Hawaii plans to generate 70 % of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2030.

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