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Mojave Solar Power Plant Could Flip Airplanes, Blind Drivers and Vaporize Birds

Ivanpah plant could cause major issues for humans and wildlife

The world’s largest solar power plant is currently being built in the Mojave desert and some experts are worried that the Ivanpah plant and its 170,000 garage-door sized solar mirrors is going to cause blinding lights, vaporization to birds and other life threatening issues.

The federal government has planned more than 100 solar projects throughout the Mojave however proper research was never conducted because the scope of the projects are bigger than anything researchers have studied in the past, now some experts fear that the solar plants could cause many threats to humans and wildlife.

The plant is being equipped with a specialized GPS device that will align the plants giant mirrors to track the sun across the desert sky, bouncing radiation to the tops of three 45-story towers which will then heat the water inside the towers to 1,000 degrees, creating steam power for electricity creation.

Because a facility of this scope and with this type of technology has never before been developed researchers are not sure what effects it will have on public health, relying mostly on computer modeling to provide answers.

In some cases researchers are worried that birds could be scorched alive while drivers located miles away could be blinded by the facilities massive mirrors. In the most drastic of predictions researchers say interference from the solar plant could create a deadly threat. An operator at the nearby Blythe airport tells the Los Angeles Times:

“If you hit a plume dead center, you have one wing in and one wing out of it. It would flip an airplane in a heartbeat.”

Since there is already research linking birds to solar power deaths the big question on that front will be home many birds die because of the massive solar power planet. Research dating back three years found that birds flying through solar fields were often incinerated on contact, while other birds had their feathers singed or burned off which led to slower deaths.

In criticizing the project the Defense Department worries that the plants heat use could affect aviation and weapons training at nine different military installations located in the desert.

In the meantime researchers will just have to wait and see if their predictions are correct and the massive Ivanpah plant causes the type of destruction it might be capable of creating. The plants creators say research scenarios are overblown and not likely to occur.

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10 Responses to “Mojave Solar Power Plant Could Flip Airplanes, Blind Drivers and Vaporize Birds”

  1. Robert Gould

    "relying mostly on computer modeling to provide answers" Now that is a scary thought. Doesn't anybody remember just how wrong the global warming computer models were proven to be. Lets stick with coal.

  2. Walter Hopgood

    If we don't do something *now* – like starting these much needed solar projects – there won't be an environment to worry about later!

  3. Summer Olsen

    Well lets see standard power facilities already kill a large amount of birds as well as people and any other living thing in there area and have large steam plums. Birth defects and cancer are just a few problems that we get and have to pay for. As for large steam plums that will not happen at the Ivanpah facility which will use dry-cooling technology that cuts back water usage by over 90% and does not have large steam plumes, dry-cooling kind of works like your radiator in your car. There have been some bird killed with these plants yes, but birds have died flying into building do we stop living in our homes and stop working in our offices? If the DOD really had a problem do you think our military would really let this plaint be built? This is just a few points on this sudo-science that some people are using in a few of these news article. Do I think there is a green house effect yes it is a natural warming of the planet. Do I think people have anything to do with it I do not know there is not enough evidence one way or the other. What I do know is coal and oil are obsolete technologies for generating power.

  4. Donald W. Varner

    Thanks. If you away with coal and oil, you do away with my job. Solar power plants can't produce near the power for the real estate foot print that coal and oil can. It is a lot safer than people think.

  5. Summer Olsen

    Well for one oil and coal are not safe there is a lot of scientific evidence that shows that they both do cause human problems and I'm not even talking about other animals. Solar plants would not work every were either but wind works in the plains and they share the land with the farmers.Solar on houses also would be a great addition to peoples power bill. Hydro plaints work great as well and you do not need to to stop the whole river like they did in 1881. The only reason they do that now is for irrigation and water storage. As for the jobs that would be lost what I am talking about would not happen over night really it would probably take forty years to make a fully green power grid and that is if we start right now.

  6. Cooper Lance

    It won't be your problem later so why worry about it now did your ancestors sit around thinking of ways to make money from the bind that they would e putting you in today?