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In yet another example of President Obama’s failed command and control energy policy, a Department of Energy backed solar plant is killing thousands of birds.
Unlike traditional solar power that converts sunlight into electricity through photovoltaic power cells assembled in panels, BrightSource energy uses solar thermal technology to generate power.
Located in the Mojave Desert on the California and Nevada border, BrightSource’s Ivanpah facility uses over 300,000 mirrors to heat water in three 40 stories high boiler towers. The steam produced by the reflected sunlight spins turbines that produce electricity.
Unfortunately, birds looking to feed on insects that are attracted to the facility’s light literally get fried by the intense heat of concentrated sun rays. Think of this like a scaled up version of a magnifying glass used to burn ants.
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