Why aren't we reading about a project like this in the United States?


#1

As one commentor put it - "Why aren’t we reading about a project like this in the United States?
F…king Morroco has the largest solar farm now??? Embarrassing. "

Quite.


#2

Wait hey!

World’s largest consumer of cocaine though!
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2086.html
not to mention a slew of other drugs from heroin to marijuana:


#3

We should be, absolutely. But let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Barack Obama is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country, to make America more like the rest of the world.


#4

Eh whassat? How’d presidential politics suddenly appear?

And the rest of the world - it’s heterogenous.


#5

just a joke at rubio’s expense, sorry


#6

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How’d presidential politics suddenly appear?
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#7

But the US has already the largest CSP: Ivanpah with about 390 MWp.

The first running block of Noor has 160 MWp, they will outperform Ivanpah not before the next two blocks will be online.


#8

Perhaps the commentor doesn’t read much?
There are at least a dozen in the US.


#9

Awesome. More please.

Edit: I confess I didn’t check, thereby failing to disabuse myself of an erroneous notion.


#10

Noor is a neat plant, and appears to output 160MW. Largest of it’s kind.

We do have more powerful solar plants in operation in the US. A bunch and a lot in the planning process. e.g. Mount Signal 1 is over 200MW https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Signal_Solar

We probably aren’t reading about it because good news does not sell.

Here is a link to more good news!
http://www.seia.org/sites/default/files/resources/PUBLIC%20MPL%209-29-2015.pdf


#11

That’s why this story got a lot of play for while…
Birds Bursting Into Flames Above Solar Farm Stirs Calls To Slow Expansion « CBS San Francisco

edit to replace daily fail link


#12

Dozens of birds. Yikes!!!

I figure the HQ of any power company claims that many with its windows annually.


#13

That was during the construction phase…

Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one “streamer” every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator’s application to build a still-bigger version.

The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.


#14

That’s sad.

But so is this.

which I do note is a 4 year old story and not a story I know much about, but - for as long as we use electricity, we will need to make it, and that has an ecological cost. And in that case it’s an ecological and public health risk with a long-term environmental cost on top of it.

Hydro and solar and wind will have environmental impacts, inevitable. But they don’t make the planet uninhabitable in the end, nor do they increase cancer rates in less wealthy neighborhoods the way petro-plants do.

short of massively reducing demand, it’s about trade offs and not perfection.

And really, isn’t there a way to scare the birds off?


#15

Marco? Polo-bio?


#16

Surround the solar farm with a wind farm?


#17


#18

That’s just the test firing of Archimedes I.


#19


#20

>“swish”

heh-heh.