BrightSource Energy’s Earth Day Public Debut

BrightSource vs. the desert tortoise. Is BSE too big to fail? Shortly after Google announced its largest investment to date in BrightSource Energy’s gargantuan solar thermal project, the Californian company filed its first $250 million public offering on Earth Day. Forbes calls this an initial test of the market’s appetite for utility-scale solar energy. A […]

In Video: Israeli Solar Tech in 2010 and 2011

[youtube][/youtube] The year 2010 was a big year for Israel’s solar industry. A groundbreaking renewable energy agreement was made to help the country meet its goal of producing 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 while partnerships in solar energy distribution deals and more were signed by Israeli solar companies abroad. Here’s two […]


Luz Rises Again as BrightSource for California

As a Californian, I am very happy that BrightSource Energy has been first to break ground on the new solar power projects in California’s desert. After all, the brains of BrightSource Energy, Israel-based BrightSource Industries, which is responsible for the plant design and engineering, used to be Luz. Luz built the world’s pioneering solar thermal […]


California Desert Tortoises Will Be Relocated To Make Room For BrightSource Energy Plant

The California Energy Commission ruled that climate change and energy needs are more important than plants and tortoises. Confronting the joint need to protect biodiversity while expanding alternative energy projects, after three years of deliberation, a fourth BrightSource Energy Concentrated Solar Power Plant was approved by California’s Energy Commission. Impeding approval of the Israeli company’s […]