For anyone interested in science and fellow environmentalists, as well as continuation of Fresnel-concentrated SolarThermal --
A couple weeks ago POWER magazine (the go-to in that field) named a small solarthemal plant in Bakersfield, California one of the top plants of 2011. The reason this tiny 5MW plant that went online in 2009 made the list is because it was proof-of-concept for Linear Fresnel Reflectors.
The graphic I posted in the previous post shows a Fresnel refractor while this plant uses reflectors (mirrors) to concentrate sunlight.
But POWER magazine is still a bit late on scene. About a year ago (May 2011) a deal was signed for a 44MW version to be built in Queensland, Australia. Then in April of this year (link below and pic above) a deal was signed for a 250MW plant in Rajasthan, India set to go online in just a year. That's a significantly facility, on par with NatGas and Coal, and the time line is extraordinarily short due to the simplicity of manufacturing and construction.