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Brightsource: A Lesson for Regulatory Reform in our Permitting Process

By: Anonymous With the BrightSource case, our class was able to see a confluence of federal government incentives – from preferential land development to tax equity capital expenditure subsidies – at work. Our 80 minutes discussing the case highlighted the frustrations of any developer in the process of putting together a project, but especially so […]

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Brightsource and the search for a reduced carbon powered world

By Eleanor Supporting the development of the world community and subsequent growing energy needs, while at the same time attempting to minimize the impacts of global climate change caused by fossil fuel consumption is one of the most complex issues of the 21st century. How can emerging nations grow their economies while avoiding the legacy […]

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Concentrated Solar Power – A Reality or the End?

By Sun-Young As illustrated by the BrightSource case, solar energy is not an easy endeavor both from the technological and economic perspectives. There is a real limitation of solar energy with the everlasting search for a solution to energy storage as well as the limited opportunity for cost reduction coupled with the impending fall-off of […]

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Can Vertical Integration Spur Investment?

By Jesse We often run into numerous problems in the search for a viable (and optimal) business model for innovative technologies. In this battle we tend to focus on the business as a standalone entity. For example, as we studied Brightsource we benchmarked concentrated solar vs photovoltaics, and when looking at Electric Vehicles we tried […]

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‘Smart from the Start’ – Choosing the Right Renewable Sites

By Blake In the Brightsource case, we discussed the construction of the Ivanpah solar-thermal power plant in the Mojave Desert. Brightsource faced a number of technical and economic challenges in launching the facility, but one of the most significant hurdles faced was actually from environmentalists over the impact to the desert tortoises living on the […]

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What is the value of an endangered species?

By Bret As we have seen in multiple classes thus far, the interests of business and profit often impose on the viability of an endangered species. In California, central valley farmers supporting cash crops with water transported from the north threatened the finger-sized Delta smelt through pumping activity and heightened water salinity. In the Mojave […]

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