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Solar Facility Fries Birds in Mid-Flight
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  • Corlyss

    “a complete conversion to Luddism”
    The greens are beavering away to ensure that is exactly what we do. Amazing how unconcerned they are about the birds killed by their boutique passions. That dust up about Clyde over his grazing on BLM lands? BLM was clearing the place for a solar panel farm, owned by one of Obama’s or Reid’s pals no doubt, which kills their stupid desert turtle just as dead as the cattle do.

  • Andrew Allison

    Um, the only way to mitigate the risk to birds from solar and wind turbines is to turn them off. Could it be that the environmental costs of renewable energy are greater than those of fossil fuel?

    • Loader2000

      Not really, not if we are just talking about a small (overall) percentage of dead birds.

      • Craig Austin

        If these birds were found near a hydrocarbon facility the fines would be huge and the shutdown would be instant.

  • CaliforniaStark

    The Ivanpah facility is actually a hybrid solar-natural gas plant.

    In March 26 2014, the operator filed for a permit to increase the amount of natural gas used to heat the turbine fuel boilers from about 984 (MMSCF) million standard cubic feet, to about 1,575 (MMSCF) million standard cubic feet. The increase was the result of the needs for the boilers to run for 4.5 hours in the morning to heat the turbine fluid, instead of the one hour indicated in the facility’s original permit.

    Some commentators are estimating this will result in 92,200 tons of additional carbon emissions (the equivalent of the discharge from 16,500 automobilies). Concerns have been raised that Las Vegas air qualify will be impacted to provide “clean” energy to California.

    There have also been complaints filed by commercial airline pilots stating the glare from the solar mirrors creates a hazard to aviation.

    • B-Sabre

      “There have also been complaints filed by commercial airline pilots stating the glare from the solar mirrors creates a hazard to aviation.”
      So these things are a hazard to avians and aviators?

  • Craig Austin

    If you want a solar/wind project that works, buy a clothesline, and be patient.

  • Bruce

    Nobody has explained adequately how we are going to dispose of these solar panels in 25 years. Last I read, they are toxic. You can’t dump them in the landfill. Yucca Mountain?

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