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California regulators may force a massive solar thermal power plant in the Mojave Desert to shut down after years of under-producing electricity — not to mention the plant was blinding pilots flying over the area and incinerating birds. The Ivanpah solar plant could be shut down if state regulators don’t give it more time to meet electricity production promises it made as part of its power purchase agreements with utilities, Read more: dailycaller.com...
originally posted by: RAY1990
One of the big problems with renewables is the nay-sayers who jump at the chance to pee all over any flaws. That's my opinion anyway.
I read the article. There have to be engineers at the facility working on increasing the output and efficiency, but it doesn't appear they have been interviewed to get details of the challenges they are facing.
originally posted by: network dude
What is the hang up with this? cost of technology? or just the simple return on investment issue?
That's a requirement for the news forums. It's not a requirement for this forum nor other non-news forums. In fact for one of my threads in this science forum, I used the exact title from the article, and ATS couldn't handle it and a bunch of mods were changing the ATS title so it would NOT match the scientific article, which was from the National Geographic website.
originally posted by: XL5
3danimator2014, thread starters have to use the title that the link gives.
originally posted by: Arbitrageur
However it seems one problem was building such a big facility in the first place if the technology isn't proven. 1.6 billion dollars is a big loan. They could have built a much smaller facility to work out the bugs for less than a billion dollars.
And as it stands now, the power company MUST buy the solar power at it's cost, even if they don't need it at the time. (pass that on to the consumer) What is the hang up with this? cost of technology? or just the simple return on investment issue?