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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: 1) by engblom on Monday February 17 2014, @01:34PM

    by engblom (556) on Monday February 17 2014, @01:34PM (#671)

    I wonder if it would be possible to keep them away by a sound they dislike or are afraid of? Any thought about this?

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by isostatic on Monday February 17 2014, @01:40PM

    by isostatic (365) on Monday February 17 2014, @01:40PM (#677) Journal

    Airports manage to keep birds away fairly well, you'd think the same principles could be brought here.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 17 2014, @01:56PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 17 2014, @01:56PM (#694)

    That's what I was thinking. Maybe put solar-powered loudspeakers that give off occaisional predatory bird calls on some poles.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 17 2014, @01:58PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 17 2014, @01:58PM (#696)

      Oops. Misspelled occasion.

      • (Score: 1) by wjwlsn on Monday February 17 2014, @04:36PM

        by wjwlsn (171) on Monday February 17 2014, @04:36PM (#821) Homepage Journal

        You show concern for one spelling mistake in your reply? You must be new around here.

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        • (Score: 1) by HiThere on Monday February 17 2014, @08:02PM

          by HiThere (866) on Monday February 17 2014, @08:02PM (#1011) Journal

          Everyone is new here...or is that a "Whoosh!"

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  • (Score: 1) by dilbert on Monday February 17 2014, @03:17PM

    by dilbert (444) on Monday February 17 2014, @03:17PM (#763)

    They should put the solar array in space and use a really long extension cord. Of course then you'd have to worry about the people claiming the loss of sunlight hitting the surface due to the orbiting solar array would result in a new ice age...