Fuel from the Sky: Solar Power's Potential for Western Energy Supply

NREL, Mark Mehos (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


A reliable and affordable supply of electricity is essential to protect public health and safety and to sustain a vigorous economy in the West. Renewable energy in the form of wind or solar provides one of the means of meeting the demand for power while minimizing adverse impacts on the environment, increasing fuel diversity, and hedging against fuel price volatility. Concentrating solar power(CSP) is the most efficient and cost-effective way to generate electricity from the sun. Hundreds of megawatts of CSP solar-generating capacity could be brought on-line within a few years and make a meaningful contribution to the energy needs of the West.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages180
StatePublished - 2002

Bibliographical note

Work performed by RDI Consulting, Boulder, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-550-32160


  • air emissions
  • concentrating solar power (CSP)
  • dish engine
  • dish stirling
  • dish systems
  • energy and the environment
  • energy independence
  • energy self-sufficiency
  • fuel from the sky
  • intermittent
  • parabolic trough
  • photovoltaic
  • power towers
  • RDI Consulting
  • renewable energy (RE)
  • solar power
  • solar resources
  • solar towers
  • Southwest
  • visibility in scenic areas
  • Western Governors' Association


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