GreenVolts GV1: Demolition Man

[Byron, California USA]

From GreenVolts GV1: Demolition Man

Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) systems firm demolishes CarouSol trackers.
CarouSol is dead. Long live GreenVolts?

I was pushed the press release, “GreenVolts Names Solar and High Tech Industry Veteran as Vice President of Engineering”, on Wednesday. My first thought was what’s going on at GV1?

Since I happened, alright arranged, to be near Byron, I could not resist the temptation to investigate. As suggested in “GreenVolts Jolts Concentrating PhotoVoltaic (CPV) Business Plans”, the CarouSol trackers installed at GV1 are just now being scrapped.

Demolition Man was the headline that came to mind when I saw the CarouSol field being ripped up. Please don’t read a deeper analogy into the selection. As I took the photos, I was excited by the scoop though saddened by the development. I’ve posted about GreenVolts since discovering them at Solar Power 2006.

Commenting on “GreenVolts CarouSol debuts at Solar Power International 2008”, Daniel said:

That “contraption” seems like a massive amount of metal to minimize the amount of silicon in use.

From GreenVolts GV1: Demolition Man

When seen as scrap, the CarouSol does indeed require lots of metal. With polysilicon prices down so much, is there a compelling need to avoid using silicon or many other semiconductors in favor of common metals considering the efficient and improving material utilization?

Again, the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) 3rd Quarter RPS Project Status Table lists the GreenVolts GV1 project, and sources confirm their PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) is still in place with PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG).

From GreenVolts GV1: Demolition Man

What’s next for GreenVolts, Inc.? Does scrapping GV1 represent the start of a new beginning or the next leg down? I don’t know.

It’s better to be lucky than good.” I’ve been feeling as though my luck has returned as of late.


  1. bg says:

    wow. I kinda saw them as one of the leaders of CPV. I know that they recently made some advances in their design – do you think they plan to replace these with the new design? It would be sad if they were truly just being scrapped without replacement.

  2. tn says:

    Yet they want a risk-free proposal from us regarding inverters, while they pursue a high-risk scheme, led by essentially a non-technical CEO, as if all it took to succeed were business management.

  3. kw says:

    As of Oct 2010 (possibly earlier) Bob Cart’s name is not present on Greenvolts’ management team web page.

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