Well, there is, but not what the bozo "reporter" is writing about. You're right, these are just solar panels. There are solar generators that generate steam to turn a turbine, technically that's a solar heated steam powered turbine.
Perpetuating the ignorance of a word which has had a specific meaning for a century just confuses the ignorant
Ditto! Calling solar panels "solar generators" is nuts. A theft of language.
There’s also heated-air solar generators. They use parabolic mirros or focused-arrays to heat air and run an air-piston motor connected to a generator.