Solar Trust of America, an integrated solar energy company, says it will convert the first 500 MW phase of the Blythe solar power project from concentrating solar power (CSP) to photovoltaic technology. When completed, the Blythe project will have a total nominal capacity of 1,000 MW.
The company identified improved PV market conditions as the main driver in the decision. Solar Trust believes developing the site as a commercial PV project is a ‘more attractive strategy for the company in the current market.’
Due to the change to PV technology, Solar Trust of America will be able to roll out construction of the Blythe facility in phases, rather than at the rate of 250 MW at a time that was planned with CSP, the company adds.