BrightSource Energy Design Too Risky for Wildlife
BrightSource Energy's plans to build the Palen Solar power project in the California desert were cast in doubt last week when the California Energy Commission (CEC) proposed to deny a permit for the facility because of its impacts on wildlife. The denial could spell doom for BrightSource Energy, which has invested heavily in a solar power plant design that has become notorious for its troubling impacts on wildlife - destroying rare plants and habitat for terrestrial wildlife, and burning birds to death.
Now if only we could roll back time and stop the approval of the destructive Ivanpah Solar project. In the time it has taken to complete construction of Ivanpah, California has added hundreds of megawatts of solar panels on rooftops and on already-disturbed lands. We can generate clean energy without sacrificing natural treasures to irresponsible companies like BrightSource.
- BrightSource's Palen project would involve thousands of mirrors spread out over nearly 5.9 square miles to focus the sun's energy to heat boilers on the top of two towers - each over 750 feet tall. The focused energy would create super-heated pockets of air; the super-heated air created at the company's Ivanpah Solar project in the Mojave Desert has already killed dozens of birds.
|The Palen Solar power project would destroy approximately 5.9 square miles of desert habitat - an area nearly as large as Palm Springs - and its two towers would be among the tallest structures in California.|
|A construction marker on the site of the now-completed Ivanpah Solar project, which destroyed nearly 5.6 square miles of beautiful desert ecosystem, and will continue to harm its inhabitants.|