Strange isn’t it. No outrage from the Progressives. We have been hearing about the wind farms and their killing of countless birds including endangered species including eagles. Apparently the light generated attracts insects which attracts the birds. EPA, calling the EPA!
The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project array is nearly ready to go partially online in Nevada. The $737 Million publicly Department Of Energy funded project is intended to produce 110 MW of energy. There’s just one problem.
130 birds were literally set on fire in mid flight during a recent test run in the span of 2 hours. This is because the array redirects solar energy to a point 1200 feet above ground, right in the flightpath of birds.
Nature World News reports:
“About two hours into the test, engineers and biologists on site started noticing “streamers” – trails of smoke and steam caused by birds flying directly into the field of solar radiation. What moisture was on them instantly vaporized, and some instantly burst into flames – at least, until they began to frantically flap away. An estimated 130 birds were injured or killed during the test.”
“According to The Associated Press (AP), many biologists call the number of deaths “significant” and suspect that the streamers are caused by a chain of attraction – that is, insects are drawn towards the bright plant’s light, which in turn attracts birds looking to feast on crispy bugs.”
UPDATE: from a comment:
This project also sucks over 30 million gallons of water per year from the desert (required for constant cleaning of the heliostats).
The solar panels to be used in Luning also require constant cleaning. Does the dust blow in the Soda Spring valley? Where will the water come from? How much will be required? In our fourth year of drought, these questions must not be ignored.