More Solar Tower Sites Under Consideration in US
Scope for development of EnviroMission's Solar Tower renewable energy concept has widened in the US with another feasibility study now underway, this time in El Paso County, Texas.
A weather station has been installed on land beside the El Paso County Sheriff's Annex to gather meteorological data for a pre-feasibility study to evaluate the viability of Solar Tower operation in the district.
El Paso County Judge, Mr. Anthony Cobos, announced enthusiasm for the development of Solar Towers in the county, saying "key drivers for the County's support are based on the strong case for the economics of sustainability and energy independence."
Sites flagged for development in El Paso are characteristically flat and arid with regional solar radiation data from NASA and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) suggesting extremely favorable conditions for Solar Tower operation.
Sites under consideration are also all in close proximity to the end of the Western grid in order to increase interest with local power authorities seeking large-scale renewable energy projects to meet the high mandated renewable energy targets in Texas.
Feasibility studies now underway in the US are anticipated to show ideal conditions and economics for Solar Tower development in line with US government and energy market policy.
Solar Tower development in the south west region of the US will also meet core objectives of the commercialization pathway indicated in EnviroMission
's 2006 application to the Low Emission Technology Demonstration Fund (LETDF); development can now move forward unencumbered of any constraints likely to have been imposed under an LETDF deed of agreement and frees the development decision and timetable to occur on a case by case basis in domestic and international markets.
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