Skip to comments.This is what the world's largest solar plant looks like when it's catching rays
Posted on 02/13/2014 7:54:04 PM PST by ckilmer
A massive solar plant in the Mojave Desert officially began operation today after years of construction, testing, and development. Co-owned by NRG Energy, BrightSource Energy, and Google, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is said to be ready to generate nearly 30 percent of all solar thermal energy produced in the United States. The plant consists of three 459-foot tall towers each with tens of thousands of robotic, garage-door sized mirrors that angle sunlight toward a water boiler sitting atop them.
NRG says that the nearly 5.5-square-mile plant is the largest solar project of its type in the world, and that it will be able to provide clean energy to 140,000 neighboring California homes. But though its owners see Ivanpah as a beacon for clean energy sources, the plant has not been without its controversies. The Wall Street Journal reports that its more than 300,000 mirrors have been scorching birds that fly through their path, and the Associated Press reports that local protected tortoises had to be relocated during the plant's construction.
While regulators are continuing to look into the plant's environmental impact, it's still a big moment for clean energy in California. "At Google we invest in innovative renewable energy projects that have the potential to transform the energy landscape and help provide more clean power to businesses and homes around the world," Rick Needham, Google's director of energy and sustainability, says in a statement. "Ivanpah is a shining example of such a project and we're delighted to be a part of it."
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All generators which use super heated steam need condensers but you can use air cooled condensers.The tech has improved a lot recently. They look like this.
In the first and third pictures above you can see the green trailor-looking buildings with the pipes running into/out of them.
Those are the condensers that help cool/recirculate the water.
And the reflective radiation is having what effect on the environment??
We aren’t allowed to ask common sense question about items in the political correctness portfolio, are we??
Where are the pics of the birds being fried in flight?
bleeech.... 140,000 households??? As usual California throws good money after bad.
No doubt the bullet train will have a stop at this location
Chilled water ?
This will cause global warming to melt the icecaps
Also, how much pollution was created by manufacturing all the metals and other things in the project, and how many centuries will this “green” plant have to operate to offset that?
Is this why California has no water, is it all boiled away ?
What a butt-ugly eyesore. It’s almost as bad as the windmills.
Who has the window cleaning concession?
Where did they put the coal-fired plant that will power these “140,000 homes” when it is cloudy? Or do they just intend to use diesel-fueled peaker plants for that?
Just to think! The wacko environmentalist banned motorcycles from this area just so they could have this giant bird broaster. It really preserved the unspoiled view, didn’t it?
I wonder what the pilots think about having to fly
over that, could be blinding at the right angle and
time of day.
Wait, maybe they are only allowed to fly over it at
Endangered birds and migratory fowl are just collateral damage. the Liberal agenda is all that matters.
Libs only give a damn about “Endangered” animals when they can line their pockets with cash by suing the government on behalf of the “Endangered”.
Solar strip mining.
The caption on that next to last one should be...
“Yes Sir, your table is ready, sit where you like”.
Where are the pics of the bribes to politicians?