|Basin & Range Watch found this photo of one of the dead brown pelicans in the monthly compliance report for NextEra's Genesis Solar project. Notice the nearly perfect reflection of the sky in the solar trough above the dead bird.|
Although environmentalists and wildlife officials expressed concern during environmental review for the potential of bird collisions at the projects, I do not think officials expected that the projects would attract - and kill - birds from so far away. With other projects planned for the same area, including BrightSource Energy's Palen Solar power project, the toll on bird life in the region is likely to grow. You can submit public comments on the Palen Solar project's review to the California Energy Commission (CEC).