Mojave Desert solar plant kills 6,000 birds a year

By Paul Homewood

 

 

Shocking news from the LA Times:

 

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Reporting from NIPTON, Calif. —

A macabre fireworks show unfolds each day along I-15 west of Las Vegas, as birds fly into concentrated beams of sunlight and are instantly incinerated, leaving wisps of white smoke against the blue desert sky.

Workers at the Ivanpah Solar Plant have a name for the spectacle: “Streamers.”

And the image-conscious owners of the 390-megawatt plant say they are trying everything they can think of to stop the slaughter.

Federal biologists say about 6,000 birds die from collisions or immolation annually while chasing flying insects around the facility’s three 40-story towers, which catch sunlight from five square miles of garage-door-size mirrors to drive the plant’s power-producing turbines.

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https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-solar-bird-deaths-20160831-snap-story.html

 

So much for “green energy”!

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November 5, 2019 at 03:39AM

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