‘streamers’: California Solar Power Plant Scorches Birds In Mid-air – Csmonitor.com

“We didn’t see a lot of impact” on birds at the first, smaller power towers in the U.S. and Europe, Weisenmiller said. The commission is now considering the application from Oakland-based BrightSource to build a mirror field and a 75-story power tower that would reach above the sand dunes and creek washes between Joshua Tree National Park and the California-Arizona border. The proposed plant is on a flight path for birds between the Colorado River and California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea an area, experts say, is richer in avian life than the Ivanpah plant, with protected golden eagles and peregrine falcons and more than 100 other species of birds recorded there. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials warned California this month that the power-tower style of solar technology holds “the highest lethality potential” of the many solar projects burgeoning in the deserts of California. The commission’s staff estimates the proposed new tower would be almost four times as dangerous to birds as the Ivanpah plant.
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