A report just made public by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service documents a disturbing amount of bird injuries at three large California desert solar power plants, and says that there are no easy fixes to the issue.
The companies behind a rejected solar project that would place boilers atop two 750-foot towers near Interstate 10 in Riverside County want their proposal back on the table, according to documents filed with the state's energy agency.
A solar project that would cover almost six and a half square miles of the California desert near Blythe jumped one of its its final regulatory hurdles this week. On Tuesday, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors gave unanimous approval to the 4,096-acre McCoy Solar Energy Project, which would generate a maximum of 750 megawatts of power if it's completely built out.
What did you do for Valentine's Day? While working on a story about a Huey helicopter, I unexpectedly spent the afternoon at an "Ambush Wedding Reception," a loving revenge for the "Bushwhack Wedding."
It's been a long road for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, from its formal proposal by BrightSource Energy in 2007 through the well-publicized problems with desert wildlife some of which actually brought construction to a brief halt in 2011.
Chicano and Mexican-born and white and black and Asian and Muslim young people performed in drill teams and bands and cheerleading displays, from Riverside Poly, JW North, from Bryant Park and from churches and social clubs. It's not only Black History, as people say. It's our history.
In an about-face, the proponents of a large solar project in the desert portions of Riverside County have asked for a delay in a state agency's final decision on the project. In a filing with the California Energy Commission (CEC) on Monday, Palen Solar Holdings (PSH), which wants to build a 500-megawatt concentrating solar project halfway between Blythe and Indio, is asking for at least a several month delay before the CEC makes its final decision on the project.
The California Energy Commission is likely to deny approval to the Palen Solar Electric Generating System in Riverside County on the grounds that it may pose an unacceptable risk to birds and other wildlife.
BrightSource has long said it needs to get a couple of its power tower solar energy projects under its belt before it can implement thermal storage capacity at later projects. But a recent profile of the Ivanpah plant says just the opposite.
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