UPDATE from Bill Powers:The public utility of San Antonio, CPS Energy, is substituting Tessera Solar's canceled 27 MW PPA with three 10 MW distributed PV arrays in/near San Antonio itself. The published contract price for the 30 MW of distributed PV: $0.15/kWh, or $150/MWh. None of the solar thermal technologies can meet this price, and it is just going to get more favorable for PV as time goes on. Oct. 7, 2010. SNL Financial LC, DAILY DOSE, Power edition (subscription only) In the news CPS Energy is partnering with MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. subsidiary SunEdison LLC to develop three 10-MW solar photovoltaic power projects in its service area, the San Antonio Express-News reported, citing unnamed sources. An official announcement is imminent, the newspaper reported. CPS confirmed that it has agreed to purchase the output of the three separate ground-mounted projects for the next 25 years. Exact locations of the proposed projects have not been determined, the newspaper reported, adding that the projects are expected to enter operation by 2012. Sources told the newspaper that CPS will pay 15 cents per kWh for the electricity from the projects. The price is less than what the utility has agreed to pay for the output of Duke Energy Corp.'s 14-MW Blue Wing Solar project in Bexar County, Texas. The additional 30 MW of electricity from the proposed projects will replace the 27 MW of electricity CPS Energy had planned to buy from Tessera Solar North America Inc.'s planned Western Ranch Solar Project, the newspaper reported. Tessera Solar, a subsidiary of NTR plc, recently withdrew from the agreement due to lack of funding. _________________________________________________________________________________ Tessera Solar has withdrawn its proposal for a 27 MW, 800-acre development in the rural community of Marfa in West Texas. According to reports, it was unable to obtain the financing needed for the project. A London-based company with American headquarters in Houston, Tessera Solar is proposing to install 8,000 of the 40 foot high, mirrored Solar Dish Stirling SunCatcher's in a much larger 1,525-acre facility in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. The project is currently under review for a 1041 permit in Saguache County. According to Malinda Beeman, artist and resident of the tiny West Texas town of Marfa, Tessera had trouble finding land for the project and when they finally did strike a lease deal, it was only 1/2 mile from the Antelope Hills Subdivision where Beeman and others lived. "At first we were excited about the solar project but as we learned more about the noise and visual impacts from the 40' high SunCatchers, and other problems with the technology, we began to have doubts", she said.
|8,000 of these 40' tall SunCatchers are proposed in Saguache County, CO.|
|Malinda Beeman displays a map of the area. Photo by Brandi Grissom, Texas Tribune.|
|2.3 MW solar parking lot|