A solar receiver includes: water jacket panels each having a light-receiving side and a back side with a watertight sealed plenum defined in-between; light apertures passing through the watertight sealed plenums to receive light from the light-receiving sides of the water jacket panels; a heat transfer medium gap defined between the back sides of the water jacket panels and a cylindrical back plate; and light channeling tubes optically coupled with the light apertures and extending into the heat transfer medium gap. In some embodiments ends of the light apertures at the light receiving side of the water jacket panel are welded together to define at least a portion of the light-receiving side. A cylindrical solar receiver may be constructed using a plurality of such water jacket panels arranged with their light-receiving sides facing outward.
 The United States Government may have certain rights to this invention pursuant to contract number DE-AC36-08G028308 between the United States Department of Energy and Alliance For Sustainable Energy, LLC. This invention was developed under subcontract ZGJ-3-23325-01 between Alliance For Sustainable Energy, LLC. and Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. under contract number DE-AC36-08G028308.