Solar arrays in the desert: Killing more birds than you imagine


Please don’t supersize me when it comes to solar!

Memories of the People

In the past three years there has been a stunning and seemingly reckless increase in solar farms in California.  Before 2013, solar farms covered four square miles of land.  They now cover nearly 60 square miles and more are planned.  (Here is a Google Maps file that shows the solar arrays in California; zoom in to see their actual footprints –or switch to satellite view.)  They represent some of the largest solar arrays in the world.  There are other smaller farms as well, and a few larger operations in Nevada, Arizona, and elsewhere.  The majority, however, are in California.

solar4Ivanpah1 The Ivanpah solar array with its “power towers” kills birds thru collisions and outright scorching them in mid-flight.  This array is 4 1/2 miles from end to end. 

solar10table*CSP = Concentrated Solar Power (essentially using mirrors to create a heat source)

solar7CalifValley California Valley Solar Farm, as seen from a…

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