Solar News
Giant California solar thermal plant raises $935m
August 30th, 2011

North America’s largest wind and solar energy supplier has raised $935m to fund the construction of a 250MW solar thermal plant in the California desert.

The US Department of Energy (DoE) finalised an $852m loan guarantee last week for NextEra Energy Resources’ Genesis Solar project, which will increase the nation’s concentrating solar power capacity by about 50 per cent.

Around $702m of the funding is project bonds, $150m is a project term loan, and the remaining $83m comes from a letter of credit facility.

“This financing marks a significant milestone in the development of the Genesis project,” said Armando Pimentel, executive vice president and chief financial officer of NextEra Energy, the parent of NextEra Energy Resources. “We are pleased with both the strong investor reception for this financing, which we view as a validation of our solar development efforts, and the receipt of a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy.”

The facility in Riverside County should produce enough electricity to power more than 48,000 homes and avoid more than 320,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, according to the DoE.

The news came on the same day as figures published (PDF) by the Solar Energies Industry Association (SEIA) showed that US solar manufacturers exported $5.6bn worth of products over 2010, achieving a positive net flow of $1.9bn to the country.

Photovoltaic components accounted for more than 99 per cent of the year’s exports, with China, Germany and Japan the top destinations. The US was a net exporter to China by about $240m.

The positive figures contrast with last week’s news that one of the country’s largest solar manufacturers, Evergreen Solar, filed for bankruptcy, saying it could no longer compete with cheaper Chinese rivals.

But Evergreen’s struggles failed to blemish the SEIA’s positive view of the sector.

“The US solar energy market continues to be a bright spot in an otherwise bleak economy,” said Rhone Resch, SEIA president and chief executive. “But to maintain our competitive advantage, we need innovative, proactive solutions from policymakers to match the investments being provided overseas to grow robust solar supply chains.”


ASTALDI Construction Corp. Goes Solar
ASTALDI Construction Goes Solar ASTALDI Construction Corporation recently added
a building-integrated, rooftop solar energy system to its corporate office building in Davie, Florida...
Read Full Article

PROINSO becomes PV CYCLE point for the collection and
recycling of modules in Europe. The 965 companies in its network of qualified installers and other companies working with the Spanish multinational, can send all types of photovoltaic modules...
Read Full Article

  Get the Sun Solutions Monthly Newsletter.
Email Address: *
First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
I agree to the gosunsolutions. Privacy policy *

latest news
Google Invests in Two Wind Farms
More Efficient Solar Cells Mostly Plastic
Green Jobs In South Florida
Legislation to boost solar efforts, create jobs
education center
download BROCHURE

go wind solutions

go water solutions

Copyright © 2010 All rights reserved.