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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: 3, Funny) by nobbis on Monday February 17 2014, @11:37AM

    by nobbis (62) on Monday February 17 2014, @11:37AM (#584) Homepage Journal

    Is 'garage door sized' the new unit of comparison ? I was brought up on Olympic Sized Swimming Pools

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  • (Score: 1) by CoolHand on Monday February 17 2014, @12:12PM

    by CoolHand (438) on Monday February 17 2014, @12:12PM (#605) Journal

    I prefer to know what things are based off Volkwagen Beetles (the old hippie version)..

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  • (Score: 1) by Mr_Flibble on Monday February 17 2014, @05:30PM

    by Mr_Flibble (286) on Monday February 17 2014, @05:30PM (#869)

    Here in the uk garage doors are tiny, so no big worry.

    Just because I suffer from paranoia doesn't mean people aren't out to get me.