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posted by Dopefish on Monday February 17 2014, @10:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the solar-is-still-awesome dept.

mattie_p writes that this was originally submitted by cmn32480 via the forums.

"According to Fox News, environmentalists are concerned about the impact of the world's largest solar plant, which is located in the Mojave Desert, on the local bird population. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (a solar thermal plant) covers nearly five square miles, has approximately 350,000 garage door sized computer controlled mirrors, and has temperatures near the boilers reaching 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Plant owners NRG Energy Inc., Google Inc., and BrightSource Energy say they have found dozens of dead birds in the complex in the last several months, some with burned or scorched feathers. The plant cost $2.2 Billion to construct, and had been held up in regulatory and wildlife relocation fighting for several years. It has officially been open since Thursday, February 13, 2014."

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by pbnjoe on Monday February 17 2014, @10:10AM

    by pbnjoe (313) on Monday February 17 2014, @10:10AM (#544) Journal

    to save the birds from this menace is to destroy that facility, then get back to burning clean, smooth, refreshing coal. Don't hear about birds dropping from that, do ya? They probably love it.

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  • (Score: 1) by bacon on Monday February 17 2014, @11:03AM

    by bacon (280) on Monday February 17 2014, @11:03AM (#566)

    I'll take your coal, and raise you an oil.

    Consider yourself Exxon-Valdez'ed.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by bopal on Monday February 17 2014, @11:17AM

    by bopal (321) on Monday February 17 2014, @11:17AM (#571)

    Yup. But then there are all those critters maimed to death in the coal mine. The only reason the article is news, is that the dead birds are found on site contrary to remote places for power plants.