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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: 2, Insightful) by cx on Monday February 17 2014, @10:59AM

    by cx (239) on Monday February 17 2014, @10:59AM (#565)
    On one hand, I find such attitude amusing, as it reveals most of people attracted to the cause have little to no clue about how the sausage is made and get agitated when they see any actual power plant. I'd send them on a two week vacation next to a coal-burner and then conduct an exit interview regarding solar.

    On the other, knee-jerk reactions like these drown legitimate environmental concerns in the noise.
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