Palen – a look back in time

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Courtesy of FCBI Energy

Over the past year we have documented the trials and tribulations of 500 MW Palen project as developers fought to achieve the necessary permitting that would allow grid synchronization by 2016.


By Jenny Muirhead


After a number of setbacks it looked like the developers were finally on track. However, on 26 September 2014 Palen Solar Holdings (which consists of BrightSource Energy and Abengoa Solar) formally withdrew their petition to convert the project from parabolic trough to tower.

CSP Today takes a look at the various hurdles that faced Palen Solar Holdings and what the withdrawal means for the declining project pipeline for CSP in the USA.

Some background:
On 27 June 2012 BrightSource Energy’s purchase of the 500 MW Palen parabolic trough project from a bankrupt Solar Trust of America (a joint venture of Solar Millennium and German giant Ferrostaal) was approved. The developer then began what would be a twenty seven month saga, petitioning the California Energy Commission to allow the permit for Palen Solar to be converted from parabolic trough to tower. The Palen project was planned to consist of...

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