Utility Scale Solar Power Is Coming! Bill Gross Interview of eSolar

Check this out! Bill Gross of eSolar is here to save us from an energy crisis. Utility scale solar thermal energy is almost at price parity with fossil fuels.

Image from eSolar.com

Bill Gross quotes:
"My dream is to power the whole planet with cost effective solar electricity. If we can actually make solar electricity that is cheaper than fossil fuel electricity, with no subsidies, then it will truly take over planet. Up until now solar has required subsidies. So we're building eSolar to make a utility scale power plant actually compete with fossil fuels with no subsidies, and we're getting very close."

"Right now we're within cents per kilowatt-hour of the target to actually compete with fossil fuels and right now with some of the renewable energy credits and the investment tax credit in the United States we actually compete with natural gas in California"

"Solar panels on the roof are fantastic for smaller scale distributed power for residential and commercial applications. It cannot compete however with utility scale power. We're going to compete with utility scale power and what that requires is a large scale facility, out in the desert typically. We do it with solar thermal as opposed to photovoltaic. Solar thermal has a number of benefits which I'll describe. We take lots of mirrors, a big field of mirrors, have them all reflect sunlight to a single central tower. We create steam and then we run a steam turbine just like a traditional power plant...."

Watch the full interview below with Business Insider and also a clip with Bill Gross (via World Economic Forum) on site at eSolar in December 2009 and an instructional video. Clean Tech is coming to save our country and jobs in the US!  Also check out the Bloom Box that was on 60 Minutes not too long ago. (Courtesy of BusinessInsider.com).

Also this just hit my twitter stream at SolarFeeds...
Poll Shows Mandate for Utility Scale Solar Amidst Challenges

"As more power providers invest in utility-scale concentrating solar power (CSP) and solar photovoltaic (PV) plants across the U.S., some citizens and activist groups have cited environmental and sustainability concerns for certain projects." (Examiner).