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Abu Dabi Utility Scale Solar at 75 cents a Watt

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by SageBrush, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. SageBrush

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    The picture looks like thermal solar but no description or details in the article.
     
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    Jinko Solar is building the plant... that's a PV company. I can't imagine anyone building another thermal plant now that PV is <$0.30/w for the modules. That's a turnkey deal for $0.75/w... that's gotta be a record.
     
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    I think that picture is just what the journalist had lying around and is not meant to be representative of the plant to be built.
     
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    Thermal solar with storage might still compete as a peaker, but I agree that this plant is PV.
     
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    Peakers comprise such a small percentage of total energy generation IMO using gas turbines will be the most cost effective solution of a while. We need to pluck the low hanging fruit first. With the cost of batteries falling precipitously that would be a wiser investment if curtailment is a concern. We still lack a robust demand response regime... that should be a priority even before storage.
     
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    I said peakers but I more accurately meant the demand from around 6pm - 9pm, particularly in the summer when PV is turning off.

    I don't have anything against NG as a fill-in-the-gaps solution to a grid that is overwhelmingly clean but I like the idea of a heterogenous source mix. It adds resiliency to an already pretty frail grid. Solar thermal in the desert sounds like a good tertiary source after PV and wind.

    I know that demand pricing can solve a lot of problems but it is politically quite unpopular. After all, it's not like the utilities were blind to the sky high peaker rates they have been paying for late afternoon AC use, yet they avoided the obvious solution of demand pricing.
     

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