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[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]You must sign in to vote Originally published on February 18, 2014 ———————————————————————————————— The US.2 billion solar project in the Mojave Desert is the largest of its kind, but evidence suggests that birds are being killed from the technology. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System that covers 5 square miles of desert near the California-Nevada border uses nearly 350,000 mirrors to concentrate sunlight to a boiler atop a tower. The system produces 400 megawatts at full power, which is enough to sustain 140,000 homes. This system, co-owned by NRG Energy Inc., Google Inc., and BrightSource Energy Inc, uses concentrated sunlight to convert water in the boiler into steam, which then powers a turbine to produce electricity. Dozens of dead, burned birds have been found near the plant over the past few months. Birds may have been burned by the radiant heat, which can reach up to 1000 °F. They may also mistaken the bright, reflective panels to be a lake in the desert and may have gotten trapped upon landing. “With the data we’ve gathered, it’s far too early in the process to draw any definitive conclusions about long-term impacts on avian or other species,” Jeff Holland, a spokesman for the New Jersey-based company NRG, said in a Wall Street Journal report. BrightSource has “confidence in the technology and its ability to operate and perform as expected,” said Joe Desmond, a spokesman for the company, adding that he thinks it will be able to resolve the problem of bird deaths and build more big plants in California and elsewhere. Nearby Native American tribes have also objected to the project, saying that the 750-foot tower and the glare generated by the panels are visually obtrusive. ———————————————————————————————— Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come […]

19 Comments

  • bartsshorts 4 years ago

    simple, put a big net over it, a well designed net that does not stop sunlight but does save the birds, a tuppence a day.

  • Lajuana Bevilacqua 4 years ago

    Check InpliX handbook if you want to make it cheaper and better.

  • Yellowbentine 4 years ago

    It's a solar panel, how on earth can you get sunlight at night.

  • FrostByte 4 years ago

    Same people who wanted it are complaining now. Damn hippies

  • lauri tyler 4 years ago

    thats sad;'[

  • Joe Dietrich 4 years ago

    Maybe they should just run it at night when the birds are sleeping…

  • InFltSvc 4 years ago

    You idiot conservationist, all you do is complain about everything that's invented . You complain about oil spilling in our oceans killing sea life, when we use technology that was given to us by God for free! the sun, and now you complain about birds flying into and getting burnt. Do you complain about all the birds that get ingested into jet engines on planes that I may add , that you fly on ? This is the most cleanest energy and it is free from the sun. God gave us control and master of all beast. it's in the Bible. if we can invent something to keep our planet alive longer and cleaner for our species it's worth the loss of a few birds or tortoises. Besides you people usually are evolutionist so you would understand that eventually they would realize not to go near it. Get over it , it's the future and it's clean and it works!

  • Keith Gomes 4 years ago

    If I have to listen to this chicks voice again I'm gonna jump in front on those solar panels myself 

  • not your damn business 4 years ago

    "dozens of dead burned birds over the last few month"
    aaaand?

  • adross3 4 years ago

    that's fricken hilarious.

  • Mariam Alameri 4 years ago

    Very disappointing. Poor birds.

  • Yon Kromis 4 years ago

    Birdgard

  • emaswat900 4 years ago

    You fucking environment activist cant be pleased can you?! "Fossil fuels are bad! We need clean energy." Ok lets build a solar power plant. "Clean energy is bad! Its killing the birds." Ok lets just live in the stone age, you can pedal a fucking bike cross country to your next rally against "bad things". Piss the fuck off! Burn all the coal, oil, wood. 

  • emaswat900 4 years ago

    You fucking environment activist cant be pleased can you?! "Fossil fuels are bad! We need clean energy." Ok lets build a solar power plant. "Clean energy is bad! Its killing the birds." Ok lets just live in the stone age, you can pedal a fucking bike cross country to your next rally against "bad things". Piss the fuck off! Burn all the coal, oil, wood. 

  • LiaMaKaChauHai 4 years ago

    are you serious that bird head hit by auto solar panel ?? this is insane story

  • J Evenden 4 years ago

    Where is PETA? Useless fucks.

  • mamie judo 4 years ago

    merci du partage +Nico Baaijens 

  • Flubbering Philistine 4 years ago

    to find c, take the sqrt of a^2 + b^2

  • Mikeishere1st 4 years ago

    So it's a dry lake,  ummmm…  what happens when enough rain comes back to fill it again?

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