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.
Wildlife biologists will be putting radio collars on the Mojave National Preserve's bighorn sheep in early November to try and learn more about an outbreak of pneumonia that has killed more than a hundred animals.
According to documents the plant's owners filed with the California Energy Commission a total of thirty dead birds were found at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in September, with 14 reported as showing signs of burn injuries.
The company building a 377-megawatt solar power plant near the Mojave National Preserve has released photos of a burned bird found on the site in August, and while the images aren't particularly grisly, they're nonetheless sobering for those concerned about the effect of concentrated solar energy on desert birds.
The Ivanpah solar project's owners reported seven birds found dead at the plant in August, at least one of them with burn injuries that may have been caused by the plant's concentrated solar energy. More such injuries have reportedly been occurring this month.
The U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service confirms that a protected peregrine falcon was found severely injured on the site of BrightSource Energy's Ivanpah solar facility in September. It died shortly after. Solar flux is being eyed as a possible cause of death.
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