Support concentrating solar power
3 March 2009

Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) is a key technology for tapping in to the energy of the sun.

A concentrating solar power plant in California

It uses mirrors to concentrate sunlight to create heat. This heat can be used to raise steam to drive turbines and generators.

The benefits of CSP include:

  • Green energy
    A plentiful supply of clean electricity.
  • Emission cuts
    Reduces reliance on fossil fuels.
  • New jobs
    As industry develops.
  • Fresh water in arid regions
    The process can desalinate sea water.

Did you know?

CSP could produce the world's current electricity needs using less than 1% of the world's deserts.


Efficient and secure

It's economical to transmit solar electricity for 3,000km or more via a supergrid. Countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa could soon benefit from it.

Alongside other renewable energy sources this could reduce Europe's dependence on imported energy. It could also increase the variety of electricity sources.

Domestic potential

CSP plants are already up and running in several parts of the world. With help from the Government the UK could start receiving clean power from deserts very soon.

Press for change

Please ask your MP to sign a parliamentary petition calling for the Government to develop the potential of CSP.

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Concentrating solar power plant in California

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