This autumn the world’s biggest solar plant power station opened in Spain. Comprising 600,000 parabolic mirrors, the Andasol 3 CSP plant is the size of 70 soccer fields and has 88km of piping. The economies of scale are huge and if solar power is going to work and be viable anywhere it is probably here or in North Africa.
But continuing doubts about the likely generosity of feed-in-tariffs as a stimulus to investment in renewable energy are likely to hold back future capital spending in the European Union renewables industry.
That said Britain’s solar capacity shot up more than ten fold as thousands of solar panels were installed in homes and buildings in the UK to take advantage of consumer subsidies.
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