BrightSource desert solar project launching Thursday
Thursday, February 13 2014 @ 03:31 PM EST
Contributed by: karenbills
Feb. 13, 2014 7:49 AM
A 459-foot tall solar tower, surrounded by thousands of reflecting mirrors, is one of three towers about to go online at BrightSource Energy‚s Ivanpah solar project in east San Bernardino County. Intense radiation from the mirrors, aimed at a boiler on top of the tower, is melting the feathers of some birds flying through the project, which could also occur at BrightSource‚s proposed Palen plant east of the Coachella Valley. / The Desert Sun
The Desert Sun
IVANPAH — The official opening of BrightSource Energy's Ivanpah solar project on Thursday marks a critical turning point for solar development in the Southern California desert. The 392-megawatt solar thermal plant is the first to prove the value of large-scale solar tower projects on public lands while providing momentum for more projects and jobs in the desert east of the Coachella Valley -- all backed up by millions of taxpayer dollars in federal loan guarantees.
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