This $2.2 Billion, Federally-backed solar plant is not delivering as promised using more that 170,000 mirrors, but it does zap the living daylights out of things!
This footage was recently released by the United States Geological Survey. Birds and bats should beware!
The United State Geological Survey made the following claim: “Fewer than 15 birds were being observed impacted by the solar flux in more than 700 hours of video.” They go on to say, “We are uncertain of the origin of dark trails following the birds.”
That is kinda scary, don’t you think?
There are a number of details that are not mentioned in their statement, such as: When did the solar flux happen, day or night? Was some of the imaging thermal or infrared? What percentage of the 700 hours of footage used multiple cameras?
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the plant may be force to shut down for failing to produce the energy that it is contractually required to deliver to PG&E Corporation. State regulators will need to intervene to keep the plant operating normally.
The electric generating system uses its 170,000 ground-mounted mirrors to reflect sunlight to tower that are 450-feet hight. Boilers atop the towers create steam that is used to generate electricity.
In truth, the project has killed thousands of birds, angering environmentalists. The project was funded with $1.5 billion in Federal Loans, so people are paying attention.
PG&E recommends that the facility be granted another year to sort out its problems before taking action.
“Continuing the delivery of [renewable] energy from these innovative energy facilities is in the interest of all parties and furthers important state and federal policy goals,” a PG&E spokeswoman said.
The Energy Department will likely support the extension, while consumer groups are none too pleased about the possibility of the plant’s extended timeline.
Politics will continue in projects like this one, as will the creation of crazy videos like the one you are about to watch.