Solar farm ‘cooks’ 130 birds in 2 hour test


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!

Progressives Today

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.”

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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.

http://mcindependentnews.com/2015/02/letters-editor-12/

24 Responses to “Solar farm ‘cooks’ 130 birds in 2 hour test”

  1. Mustang Says:

    Everything the left touches turns to crap. Amazing …

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Hard to believe at times, isn’t it. But they keep on giving.

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      • Zip-a-Dee Says:

        I heard that these ‘solar farms’ are being used to laundry money – certain groups get the bid and politicians a skim. That would be interesting to get the scoop on.

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  2. Conservatives on Fire Says:

    …, and this is the same government that wants to restrrict oil and gas drilling on federal lands because it might disturb the prarrie grouse habitat. More liberal logic?

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Same as the Smelt and Owl which stopped timbering.

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  3. Steve Dennis Says:

    I guess that is just collateral damage in the war of the climate agenda! Funny how there is no outrage because they agree with the agenda, hypocrites all!

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I wonder if they even recognize their hypocrisy.

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      • Zip-a-Dee Says:

        Might as well add some other politician names to ‘Tags’: http://www.factcheck.org/2011/12/ron-pelosis-connection-to-tonopah-solar-energy/ They all clan together like a den of snakes.

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  4. geeez2014 Says:

    Gad, remember the FLAP (no pun intended!! HA…that was accidental, but I LIKE IT :-)) when KFC was raising chickens in cages and Pamela Anderson insisted we boycott KFC? (Mr. Z and I went directly there for lunch that day tho he was not at ALL a fan!)…? Where are they NOW? Where’s PETA? Oh, I know..it’s mostly a leftwing idea, nobody comments.
    P.S. Mr. Z was amazingly ‘up’ on global climate change (not) and, particularly, solar panels and wind farms. I wish he could explain to you all why they’ll never be a big help…(weather, etc.) I didn’t pay close enough attention.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Yes, PETA is strangely silent on this one, as well as the water folks. Recall how the Spy center in Utah is using millions of gallons of water to keep all of their technology cool. Thinking ahead once more.

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  5. Jersey McJones Says:

    It’s a shame. Wind farms have a similar problem. What seems to be the problem, with both, is how and where birds fly. The best spots for wind and solar happen, by no coincidence, to be the best spots for birds to fly over.

    The answer here, of course, is technology. Every day, solar panel technology is improving, so we should be able to address this issue safely in the near future.

    JMJ

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I am sure if we give away a few billions of dollars more of experiments it will all work out.

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      • Petetmc3 Says:

        If the Chinese solar panels contained less asbestos would that solve the problem of should Obieonebirdman pass a executive order making it illegal for birds to fly😁

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      • bunkerville Says:

        By all means, after all “The One”can control the rise and fall of the Oceans, why not tell the birds to stay home. Bet the little Smelt fella is feeling swell right now.

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      • Jersey McJones Says:

        Another source of energy is another source of energy. I can’t imagine having a problem with advancing solar technology. There’s no doubt the money pumped into that helped to spur the advancements we see today, regardless of the failures. The research end of any new technology is always grant and subsidy dependent. Once it advances to the practical, the private sector usually takes over. There’s whatever downsides there are, but I can’t imagine any sane person thinking that the goal of getting endless energy from the sun is bad, let alone inconceivable in the not so distant future.

        JMJ

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  6. Always On Watch Says:

    PETA hasn’t showed up?

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Well, it was it all depends whose ox is being gored. In this case, the birds must go. The 1 inch smelt lives on and California farmland dries up.

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  7. silverfiddle Says:

    Nice find! This exposes what we’ve known all along. Government agencies like the EPA are not really about protecting the environment. They are about punishing enemies and granting exemptions to politically-connected friends.

    This is in Nevada, so you can be sure Hairy Reed got a generous cut of that $737 Million

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Good point. Nevada, I missed that point. A Billion here, a Billion there and pretty soon you are talking real money.

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      • Zip-a-Dee Says:

        Yes, good find Bunker. And as silverfiddle states the enemy, Reid – pushed this one Tonapah area that increases the price, plus tax payers funded. At least his Bundy Ranch plan was squashed. Here’s a local’s take on it: http://mcindependentnews.com/2015/02/letters-editor-12/ (A taste of what’s going on in rural NV).

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Thanks for the link. I hadn’t read about the water requirements. Unbelievable.

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      • Zip-a-Dee Says:

        Yep, that’s not reported by the Propaganda Machine. When the corrupt are ‘happy’ making their Utopia, they steal from others to make it happen. They’re no longer taking an “inch or 2”. More is never enough. ‘When the ungodly rule, the people mourn’.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        I added the link to the post. Good one.

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      • Zip-a-Dee Says:

        Glad it adds to the point. I heard that eagles are among some of the victims. People are fined for less.

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