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reply to post by sn0rch
Nah...these plants aren't PV solar panels...it's the concentrator type, focused on a target to vapourise water to run turbines.
A great idea actually, bit like the principle of a kid with a magnifying glass focussing the sunlight and burning holes in leaves and stuff...only without the magnifying glass...uses mirrors instead.
I really can't help but laugh at this. Sort of reminds me of all the mercury vapor bulbs we now have polluting the Earth because of liberal thinking
The newly opened Ivanpah solar planet is joint-owned by NRG Energy, BrightSource Energy and Google. The plant is located on federal land along the border between California and Nevada.
However, according to compliance documents released by developer BrightSource Energy last year, dozens of birds were found injured at the site during the building stage.
Although solar energy is cleaner than fossil fuels, environmentalists have been protesting the new solar plant because it has been killing migrating birds.
In another article I read a couple of days ago it said the temps the birds try to fly through can approach 1000 Fahrenheit.. Instant crispy critter !
intellihub.com...edit on 2/20/2014 by kosmicjack because: title
Last week, the largest solar energy plant in the world opened in California's Mojave Desert and things are already taking a not-so-unexpected turn for the worse.
The $2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is made up of three massive generators, and covers about 5 square miles of land close to the California-Nevada border. Ivanpah is on federal land, but is owned by private companies, including NRG Energy, BrightSource Energy and Google. Brightsource earned a coveted $1.6 billion federal grant to invest in the project. The plant is designed to power 140,000 homes with nearly 400 megawatts of energy — a possible game changer in the clean energy sphere. Though the plant did not formally open until last week, it began producing energy last year.
According to a monthly compliance report on the project by the California Energy Commission, nearly one dozen birds were found dead or injured, many with singed wings, while the site was being tested in November. Long-term effects are unknown, but this number of fatalities was apparently higher than expected, per the WSJ. Then again, 11 birds month might be an acceptable cost for all that renewable power.
I hope the plant owners/operators have enough migratory bird stamps to cover the killings.
Funny how true the old saying "kill one man it's murder, kill a million it's a statistic" is.
Kill one migratory bird without proper permits and stamp and you're losing your license and facing a fine and/or jail time.
Kill a few hundred or more and it's just a statistic.
Criminal equivalent of too big to fail I suppose.
Spy on your neighbor and you're getting charged with a half dozen crimes. Spy on the world and you're lauded as an all-loving compassionate man who cares for the safety of others.