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Tech change for world's largest solar plant

US plant will use PV panels instead of thermal technologies

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World's largest solar farm will use PV panels instead of thermal tech. (Getty Images)
World's largest solar farm will use PV panels instead of thermal tech. (Getty Images)

The firm responsible for the world’s largest solar farm has released a statement signalling its intention to switch technologies from solar thermal to photovoltaics.

German company Solar Millennium AG has revealed that it will use solar photovoltaic panels for the first phase of the one gigawatt Blythe solar farm in California, tipped to be 500 megawatts.

“Solar Millennium responds quickly and pragmatically to market conditions and, at the moment, the California market favours PV technology,” chief executive Christoph Wolff said in a statement, also mentioning that the company would continue to develop solar thermal technologies in other regions.

“Our long-term strategy remains unchanged. We see solid demand for concentrated solar power in the world’s growth markets such as Africa, the Middle East, India and China.”

Currently there is no information on which technology the company plans to use for the project’s second phase.
 

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