Friday, May 2, 2014

The new solar energy array in California's Mojave Desert attracts birds and then burns them out of the sky

Bloomberg:

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which opened in February, seems like the ideal green project.
Unfortunately, the bright light of the mirrors attracts bugs, which attract birds:
But once the birds enter the focal field of the mirrors, called the "solar flux," injury or death can occur in a few seconds. The reflected light from the mirrors is 800 to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Observers report seeing flaming birds ("streamers") streaking across the sky every two minutes.