Birds are being fried by the new solar plant in California and now the massive plant is blinding pilots…not sure this green energy malarky is working so well.
Airplane pilots cruising over southern California have been complaining about a â€śnearly blindingâ€ť glare emanating from a massive government-funded solar thermal facility.
The Ivanpah solar energy plant in San Bernardino County is the worldâ€™s largest solar thermal plant and has 173,500 large mirrors that reflect sunlight onto boilers in three 459-foot towers. A feat of modern engineering â€” to green energy advocates, but a flying hazard to pilots.
The Federal Aviation Administrationâ€™s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) got two anonymous complaints in August that mentioned a â€śblinding glareâ€ť coming from the Ivanpah solar facility. One complaint came from a Los Angeles air traffic controller and the other from a small transport plane pilot that took off from an airport in Boulder City, Nevada.
â€śThe FAA is aware of potential glare from solar plants and is exploring how to best alert pilots to the issue,â€ť an FAA spokesman told The Daily Caller News Foundation.Â Read more »