Ivanpah Solar Power Facility

Hundreds of birds fried with latest “green” power project in the US

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When “green” power solutions aren’t shredding birds with wind turbines they are frying them with massive subsidised concentrated solar arrays.

It’s no secret that solar power is hot right now, with innovators and big name companies alike putting a great deal of time, money, and effort into improving these amazing sources of renewable energy. Still, the last thing you’d likely expect is for a new experimental array to literally light nearly 130 birds in mid-flight on fire.

And yet, that’s exactly what happened near Tonopah, Nevada last month during tests of the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project.

According to Rudy Evenson, Deputy Chief of Communications for Nevada Bureau of Land Management (NBLM) in Reno, as reported by Re Wire, a third of the newly constructed plant was put into action on the morning of Jan. 14, redirecting concentrated solar energy to a point 1,200 feet above the ground.

Unfortunately, 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.

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Green energy bludgers put their hand out for more corporate welfare

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As if blinding pilots and frying bird life isn’t enough the corporate bludgers who built the solar plant at Ivanpah with a cheap Federal loan are now trying to line up a Federal grant to pay off the Federal loan.

There is literally nowhere in the world where these green energy projects can survive without running to the government to?be bailed out with loans or subsidies or grants.

Worse still the plant is owned by Google…who have more money than a bull can poop…I suggest they cough for their stupid project themselves.

After already receiving a controversial $1.6 billion construction loan from U.S. taxpayers, the wealthy investors of a California solar power plant now want a $539 million federal grant to pay off their federal loan.

“This is an attempt by very large cash generating companies that have billions on their balance sheet to get a federal bailout, i.e. a bailout from us – the taxpayer for their pet project,” said Reason Foundation VP of Research Julian Morris. “It’s actually rather obscene.”

The Ivanpah solar electric generating plant is owned by Google and renewable energy giant NRG, which are responsible for paying off their federal loan. If approved by the U.S. Treasury, the two corporations will not use their own money, but taxpayer cash to pay off 30 percent of the cost of their plant, but taxpayers will receive none of the millions in revenues the plant will generate over the next 30 years.

“They’re already paying less than the market rate,” said Morris, author of a lengthy report detailing alleged cronyism and corruption in the Obama administration’s green energy programs. “Now demanding or asking for a subsidy in the form of a grant directly paying off the loan is an egregious abuse.”

NRG doesn’t see it that way, telling Fox News the money is there for the taking.”NRG believes in a clean and sustainable energy future and therefore participates in available government programs to develop and expand the use of clean energy to accelerate America?s energy independence.” In 2013, the Obama administration handed out $18.5 billion in renewable energy grants, with $4.4 billion going to solar projects.

Ivanpah is the largest concentrated solar power plant in the world. It was unveiled in February with great fanfare. Dr. Ernest Moniz, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, justified taxpayers’ investment at the time, saying, “We want to be technology leaders. It’s good for our economy and it?s also good for helping stimulate the global transition to low carbon.”

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They fry birds now they are a hazard to aircraft…welcome to green energy

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 ?nearly blinding? glare emanating from a massive government-funded solar thermal facility.

The Ivanpah solar energy plant in San Bernardino County is the world?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 ? to green energy advocates, but a flying hazard to pilots.

The Federal Aviation Administration?s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) got two anonymous complaints in August that mentioned a ?blinding glare? 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.

?The FAA is aware of potential glare from solar plants and is exploring how to best alert pilots to the issue,? an FAA spokesman told The Daily Caller News Foundation.? Read more »

Green on Green – Friendly Fire

There is nothing better than watching supposed allies tear each other apart publicly. Witness the green on green bitch fight happening in the US over one of Google’s solar plants. This is a case of the Green Taliban taking on the Green Illuminati:

Aerial view north of Ivanpah Solar showing all three solar fields with heliostat installation complete in Solar Field One in the foreground, 27 October 2012

Aerial view north of Ivanpah Solar showing all three solar fields with heliostat installation complete in Solar Field One in the foreground, 27 October 2012

One big problem with renewable energy projects is that they have to go?somewhere. They have to occupy a part of the very environment that their proponents are often trying to save.

Photographer?Jamey Stillings?beautifully captures this tension in his images of the?Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System?(ISEGS). Located in Southern California?s Mojave Desert, the plant aims to eventually be the largest?solar thermal power plant?in the world ? making enough electricity to run 140,000 homes all by focusing the sun?s energy to create steam.

Problem is, the system is located?smack in the middle of the threatened desert tortoise habitat?and the companies that built the system have already had to allocate $56 million to care for and relocate these ground dwellers. At least one major environmental group has argued the plant should have never been built on its current location.

If it isn’t tortoises it is bloody snails. Guess how many tortoises have been saved for $56 million?

To date Hunter says 144 tortoises (77 adults, 67 juveniles) have been found on site and all 77 adults have been relocated.

?Caring for the tortoise is something we take very seriously,? she says.

FFS!

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