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What are “Streamers”? Birds that Burn Up or Evaporate as They Fly Over a Solar Farm.

“According to the federal report, smaller birds may be burning up completely; injured ones may be dying off site; and those that fall to the ground may be carried away by scavengers.
Forensics lab staff observed a falcon or falcon-like bird with a plume of smoke streaming from its tail as it passed through the heat zone. The bird lost stability and descended, but the team could not locate it. The investigators could not identify many burning objects, which they call streamers.”

(Donna’s Rant:  You just gotta love these FREE, CLEAN energies.  My question, besides the obvious concern for the birds that go ‘poof’, is, “How is heating the air around a solar farm to 800 degrees going to help combat Global Warming??” — DQ)



Tip o’ the hat to MasterResource for this article.

David Danelski –Press-Enterprise — April 2014

When hundreds of thousands of mirrors focus solar energy on the 460-foot towers at Ivanpah solar plant in northeastern San Bernardino County, butterflies, dragonflies and other winged insects are attracted to the intense white glow — like moths to a porch light.

Insect-eating birds pursue the bugs, and then come the falcons and other raptors to snag the smaller birds. And when they fly into the heat zone — as hot as 800 degrees — around the towers, they are maimed and die.

Investigators from the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, in a report kept confidential until this week, describe the power towers as a “mega trap” that claims layers of species in the same food chain. The lab is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“There were hundreds upon hundreds of butterflies (including monarchs, Danaus plexippus) and dragonfly carcasses,” the investigators said. “Some showed singeing, and many appeared to have just fallen from the sky. … Birds were also observed feeding on the insects. At times birds flew into the solar flux and ignited.”

Ivanpah’s developer, BrightSource Energy, wants permission to build a similar plant north of Interstate 10 near Desert Center in Riverside County. State officials have not approved the application, in part because of concern about bird mortality.

BrightSource officials did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
Jeff Holland, spokesman for plant operator NRG, was critical of the report.
“Given that Ivanpah has only been operational for a short period of time, it is premature to determine the significance and extent of impacts to insects, birds, or bats,” he said in an email. Ivanpah went online in late December last year after months of testing.

He also said the report presents “conclusions regarding the severity of impacts and proposed recommendations which are not supported by scientific literature.” (Sounds just like a wind industry rep, doesn’t he? — DQ)

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2 Comments on “What are “Streamers”? Birds that Burn Up or Evaporate as They Fly Over a Solar Farm.”

  1. lalocabruja May 7, 2014 at 8:38 am #



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