ESTELA, the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association, is a non-profit association created in 2007. ESTELA represents more than 50 members from the industry and research institutions, active along the whole STE value chain. Joining hands with national associations – Protermosolar (Spain), ANEST (Italy), Deutsche CSP (Germany) and the SER-CSP (France), ESTELA is devoted to promoting solar thermal electricity not only in Europe, but also in MENA region and worldwide. To act widely, ESTELA with AUSTELA and SASTELA in 2012 jointly created STELA World. Today, ESTELA is the largest industry association in the world promoting the solar thermal electricity sector.

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  • NASA introducing solar thermal energy on social media

    Source: NASA Climate Change Facebook and Twitter

  • Las termosolares con almacenamiento supondrán la inclusión de más renovables

    El objetivo es que el valor prevalezca al precio y alcanzar sistemas eléctricos libres de CO2

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    EL ECONOMISTA, 9 May 2016
  • Greenpeace salue la construction de la centrale solaire NOOR

    L’organisation mondiale de protection de l’environnement a publié jeudi 4 février sur Twitter une photo d’une centrale solaire accompagnée d’un commentaire saluant la construction du complexe NOOR.

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    Source: Medias24

    Medias24, 5 Feb 2016
  • World’s largest CSP plant switches on in the Sahara

    Morocco has switched on what will be the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant. The new site near the city of Ouarzazate — famous as a filming location for Hollywood blockbusters like “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Gladiator” — could produce enough energy to power over one million homes by 2018 and reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 760,000 tons per year, according to the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) finance group. As His Majesty Mohammed VI of Morocco pressed a button on 4 February 2016, the first phase of the three-part project was set in motion.

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    Source: CNN

  • غرينبيس ترحب بافتتاح محطة “نور1” للطاقة الشمسية // Greenpeace welcomed the opening of “Noor 1” solar power plant

    Greenpeace Arab world welcomed the opening of the “Noor 1” station in the city of Ouarzazate, south-eastern Morocco, the first phase of a huge project makes Morocco an example in the field of solar energy and a clear example to reduce dependency abroad in the field of energy and the development of her community.

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    Source: Alarabiya

    Al Arabiya, 7 Feb 2016
  • Solar thermal could provide 6% of global power by 2030, study says

    Solar thermal electricity (STE), also called concentrating solar power (CSP), could meet up to 6% of the world’s power needs by 2030 and 12% by 2050, according to a new report by the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association (ESTELA), Greenpeace International and SolarPACE.

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    Source: SeeNews Renewable


  • Morocco to switch on first phase of world’s largest solar plant

    Desert complex will provide electricity for more than 1 million people when complete, helping African country to supply most of its energy from renewables by 2030

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    Source: The Guardian

  • What is holding back the growth of solar power?

    Solar sector needs better power storage, grid infrastructure and government support to meet bullish growth predictions

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    Source: The Guardian