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Solar thermal power plants in small utilities - An economic impact analysisA study was performed to assess the potential economic impact of small solar thermal electric power systems in statistically representative synthetic small utilities of the Southwestern United States. Power supply expansion plans were compared on the basis of present worth of future revenue requirements for 1980-2000 with and without solar thermal plants. Coal-fired and oil-fired municipal utility expansion plans with 5 percent solar penetration were 0.5 percent and 2.25 percent less expensive, respectively, than the corresponding conventional plan. At $969/kWe, which assumes the same low cost solar equipment but no improvement in site development costs, solar penetration of 5 percent in the oil-fired municipal reduced revenue requirements 0.88 percent. The paper concludes that some solar thermal plants are potentially economic in small community utilities of the Southwest.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Bluhm, S. A.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Ferber, R. R.
(California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Calif., United States)
Mayo, L. G.
(Burns and McDonnell Engineering Co. Kansas City, Mo., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1979
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
Meeting Information
Meeting: Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference
Location: Boston, MA
Start Date: August 5, 1979
End Date: August 10, 1979
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