Friday, May 2, 2014

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

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.