I’ve posted before about Stirling Energy Systems, which sells solar electricity from concentrating mirrors and heat engines for around 11 cents per kWh.

But at least one technical advocacy group — Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC) — suggests that mass production could bring prices down to 5 cents per kWh or less (PDF), even without technical breakthroughs.

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The PDF linked is a summary, so I don’t know how good the case is.

I will also note that this price includes enough storage to ensure 70% reliability — which provides different economics than the 95% reliable wind grid component I mentioned previously, and different economics than wind without storage. Obviously sun and wind as grid components mix well together. The troughs — sunless weather and windless weather — tend to occur at different times. So do the peaks — strong winds and blazing sun. (Yes, there are exceptions, Santa Ana winds and so on.)

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