California may reject Palen plan

California regulators fear the impact on birds of power towers

California regulators fear the impact on birds of power towers

BrightSource’s plans for its 500MW Palen project have been preliminarily rejected by the California Energy Commission due to the potential impact on wildlife, in a serious blow for the company and its power-tower CSP technology.

Switching the project to PV or the more common parabolic-trough CSP technology would be an “environmentally superior” choice, the regulator suggests.

Having cancelled and iced its Rio Mesa and Hidden Hills projects earlier this year, respectively, Palen represents the last large US project in BrightSource’s pipeline after the nearly completed 377MW Ivanpah is commissioned.

Palen was originally approved by California regulators in 2010 as a parabolic-trough CSP plant developed by a subsidiary of Germany’s Solar Millennium.

Two years later, however, Palen was acquired by BrightSource after Solar Millennium toppled into bankruptcy, with Log in to read complete article.

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