The new Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has been demonstrating it’s generating ability the past few weeks. They had it turned on high Sunday, Monday, Tuesday of this week, based on the high production of solar thermal on those days (see each day’s respective Daily Renewables Watch document here). This picture is from the first of those three days (Sunday, May 25, 2014).
This week, Ivanpah filed its Monthly Compliance Report with its California State Regulator. It is 1,131 pages long.
I haven’t been through it, but longtime critics of the industrialization of the desert, Basin & Range Watch, has. They published this report on Monday. They note an airplane pilot blinding from accidental, misdirected reflection; wildlife carnage from probably coyotes and bobcats that are either trapped inside or penetrating the fence built to keep wildlife outside; a couple of dozen missing yet transmittered tortoises, and a hundred dead birds.
The same day as the Monthly Compliance Report was filed, the meeting notes for the Bird & Bat Committee were posted. Warning – don’t read it if you’re squeamish.