Regulators Support Space Solar

By Published On: December 4, 2009

The California Public Utilities Commission not only funded what one commissioner deemed “edgy” technology for carbon sequestration it supported a plan for capturing solar power from outer space December 3. Pacific Gas & Electric contracted with Solaren to use satellites laden with solar cells to have energy transmitted via radio frequency. “It’s an audacity of vision,” said commission president Mike Peevey. “It’s in pursuit of a more perfect world.” Peevey added that if the technology works, it would be available 24 hours/day, seven days a week, year-round. Earth-based solar is a more intermittent resource. PG&E’s 15-year contract begins in 2016 for a Fresno-based facility. Regulators would not reveal the cost of the contract.

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