Concentrating Solar Power

Concentrating solar power (CSP) systems are generally used for large scale facilities or power plants. There are three different types of concentrating solar power systems: linear concentrator, dish/engine, and power tower. In each system, the sun’s energy is collected and SEGS solar thermal energy electricity plant with parabolic mirrorsconcentrated and directed towards water or another fluid that, when heated, in turn powers a generator or directly creates mechanical power.

Currently, no CSP systems are installed in Wyoming. Installations are concentrated in areas with a greater solar resource (see Concentrating Solar Resource map), such as the southwestern US.