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From the Blog
  1. Setting the Record Straight: Solar Flux and Impact to Avian Species

    A lot has been written about the impact solar thermal power tower technology – like that used at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System – has on birds. Like any infrastructure project, there are environmental impacts. These are legitimate concerns that must be addressed. But it needs to be put in context. That is where many have by and large missed the point.

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  2. Understanding Solar Flux: Science vs. Science Fiction

    An August 18 Associated Press article discussing avian mortality at solar power facilities noted that at Ivanpah, “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.” How can there be such wildly divergent estimates for one facility?

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News and Press
  1. Bird Deaths From Solar Plant Exaggerated By Some Media Sources

    There seems to be some hysteria online about bird deaths associated with the Ivanpah solar project in California. For example, this news article calls the solar power plant a “death ray as if it is a weapon. The same article says that hundreds of thousands of birds might be dying, or 28,000 or 1,000. That is a very wide range, and at least suggests that no one may have precise numbers. So is the total 100,000 or 1,000? Brightsource says the number is much lower than 1,000.

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Featured Resources
  1. New Report

    The Economic and Reliability Benefits of CSP with Thermal Energy Storage: Literature Review and Research Needs, 2014

    First published in 2012, this revised and expanded technical report incorporates the latest research on the economic and reliability benefits of CSP with thermal energy storage and serves as a comprehensive guide to understanding the design and operational attributes of CSP plants with thermal energy storage.

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  2. Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2014

    IRENA - International Renewable Energy Agency

    IRENA estimates that globally, 6.5 million people are working directly or indirectly in the renewable energy sector, based on a literature review and annual data collection.This publication presents the status of renewable energy employment by technology and by selected countries

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  3. 2014: The Year of Concentrating Solar Power

    U.S. Department of Energy

    Across the nation, solar energy is taking off, with more Americans “going solar” every day. And, it’s not just solar panels popping up on the rooftops of homes; Americans are starting to adopt other forms of solar energy, as well. Concentrating solar power (CSP) is a technology that harnesses the sun’s energy potential and has the capacity to provide hundreds of thousands of customers in the United States with reliable renewable energy—even when the sun isn’t shining.

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