Skip to comments.World's largest solar plant scorching birds in Nevada desert
Posted on 02/15/2014 6:05:19 PM PST by Twotone
A stretch of the Mojave Desert has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, but the milestone is being met with criticism from environmental groups concerned about the effect of solar energy on desert wildlife.
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No doubt, some of the same “environmental groups” who rage against fossil fuel....
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BrightSource my singed tail feathers!
Tastes like fried chicken.
“...the intense heat surrounding the towers, which can reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit”
Man, that’ll really seal in them juices!
Turn some cats loose to clean up the mess!
let’s see: $2.3 billion divided by 140,000 homes =$15k per house. Seems about right. What about the loss during transmission?
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Well, there you go. Just have a wind farm pluck ‘em first, and you got it made.
This is rich. This was built on your behalf. If you can’t foresee that tiny little fluff-balls of black would instantly crisp in multi-million watt beams of light, which were an essential part of the design, why exactly should we believe that you can model the entire climate with all its myriads of intricacies, and thereby accurately predict doom, unless we do everything you ask for? Like building giant solar furnaces in the deserts where tiny little black, i.e. light-absorbing, birds fly? Hmmm?
Please savor the thought, for a moment here.
And then kindly respond to my question.
Coloradan The Skeptic
It’s actually in the California desert.
Not my house, it would take over 25 years to pay for it if it did produce 100% of all the electricity i use and we don’t try to conserve energy!
What an eye sore.. Covering the ground with plates of scorching hot panels. Why aren’t environmentalists upset about THAT?
They found like a million fried Spotted Owls at this place.
“What an eye sore.. Covering the ground with plates of scorching hot panels. Why arent environmentalists upset about THAT?”
A typical fossil fueled power plant could produce more energy than this turkey on about 40 acres. This turd is five square miles. Siri just advised me that one square mile is approximately 640 acres, so we have 3,200 acres here. If homesites are quarter acre a piece, this plant covers enough land for maybe 10,000 homes when you allow for infrastructure. Sounds like a terrible deal to me.
The same groups who advocate turning America the Beautiful into America the Ugly by erecting those butt ugly wind turbines who also kill birds by the basketful.
One square mile isn’t approximately 640 acres.
It is exactly 640 acres.
I drive by that solar plant at least once a month. I think it looks neat. It takes up little room considering how much desert is out this way. There is not that much wildlife out here compared to more humid climates. The desert itself is an eyesore if you are used to living somewhere where it is green or an ocean is near. It is built with private money according to the article. So why knock it.
There has to be government money involved, because, as an investment, this thing is as big a financial boondoggle as Social Security.
At this time “alternative energy” makes no economic sense. It cannot survive as a business without some type of financial incentive provided by, who else? The taxpayers.
First, the obligatory observation that once again, the lib utopia has completely ignored or otherwise not anticipated the inevitable consequences. Short-term gratification with no regard for potential ramifications. Between the huge body of evidence that lib good intentions inevitably end up causing more damage than they fix, and the Haidt study showing how lib thinking is not the equal of conservative thinking, I suggest that there may be the groundwork for a justification for excluding anyone with a liberal bent from ever participating in national politics.
Second, on another thread here about this very generation plant, didn’t someone say the libs barred OHV usage of this area specifically to “preserve” the desert wildlife, only to install this gigantic bird cooker?
Has anyone calculated the cost of keepint those 300,000 mirrors focused on the big matchstick. What is going to be the cost of maintaining 300,000 motors as well as picking up and discarding all those birds.
Screw the birds! Let the solar plant rip!
Any body who worries about a few dead birds forget about the fish that get chewed up by the props of the millions of ships. Also, don’t forget road kill!
You are right. I did research and there was Gov. money. I should now better than think a modern day article is accurate.
Thanks for the reply.
Are you saying this boondoggle is not subsidized?