Audit Report: Implementation of the Department of Energy's Concentrating Solar Power Program   [open pdf - 183KB]

"The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Concentrating Solar Power Program is intended to broaden the use of concentrating solar power by making the technology cost competitive in the conventional power market. The Department plans to achieve this goal through cost-shared contracts with private industry, as well as facilitating advanced research at its national laboratories. Concentrating solar power technologies concentrate the sun's energy and convert it to heat which is then used to drive an engine or turbine to produce electrical power. […] The Department's objective was to aid the private sector in the development and evaluation of concentrating solar power systems that could lead to utility scale base load power plants capable of generating electricity at costs competitive with fossil-fired generators. The Department subsequently made 13 awards totaling $50 million to private industry companies and one university. Given the President's goal of creating new green jobs and helping to ensure 10 percent of the United States' electricity comes from renewable sources, we initiated this audit to determine whether the Department established effective controls over the cooperative agreements and contracts under the Concentrating Solar Power Program."

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United States Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General, Office of Audits and Inspections, Report No. OAS-RA-L-13-01
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United States. Department of Energy: http://energy.gov/
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