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Powering the Dream by Alexis Madrigal

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chapter 14
The Meaning of Luz
SOLAR-CONCENTRATING TECHNOLOGY has been anointed as perhaps the most promising large-scale renewable energy source in the world. Everyone from Google’s chief climate officer to experts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to Southern California Edison agree that if the United States is going to generate a lot of electricity from the sun, solar thermal technologies are going to be the dominant technology in the near term.
In the green-tech boom of the first decade of the twenty-first century, billions of dollars flowed into companies that said they could make electricity from the sun’s heat. By 2009 ten gigawatts, several large nuclear plants worth of capacity, were planned for the United States alone. The ...

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