BANANA greenies: No solar here!

“A U.S. conversation [sic] group has sued the federal government over its approval of a major solar power plant in the California desert, the latest in a string of challenges to the nation’s renewable energy goals from the environmental community.

According to court papers, the non-profit Western Watersheds Project alleged U.S. regulators approved Brightsource Energy’s 370-megawatt Ivanpah solar energy plant without conducting adequate environmental reviews, and asked the court to order the defendants to withdraw their approvals.

The complaint names the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management and the Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the agencies’ heads and other staffers, as defendants.  …

The complaint said the project’s approval process failed to analyze and mitigate the Ivanpah plant’s impact on migratory birds, the desert tortoise, … desert bighorn sheep, groundwater resources and rare plants.  …

Last month, a group called La Cuna de Aztlan, which represents Native American groups such as the Chemehuevi and the Apache, filed a challenge in federal court to the federal government’s approval of six big solar plants — including Ivanpah.”  “Conservation Group Sues To Stop California Solar Plant


2 Responses to “BANANA greenies: No solar here!”

  1. Hal Says:

    “A U.S. conversation group”

    Unfortunately these jerks do more than talk about things

    Ref is correct

    “Conservation Group Sues To Stop California Solar Plant“

  2. Charles Higley Says:

    The biggest problem with the solar generating plants is that they are usually nowhere near where the energy is needed. This add transmission burdens to the system as well as having to reconfigure (at great expense) the power grid. You cannot just blithely connect a new power source to the grid. Furthermore there is the problem of fluctuating energy production as clouds and dawn and dusk alter energy production. It is quite difficult to manage a constant energy production with these factors.

    I would love to know what method they use to store energy for night time energy production. Or are they only producers during the day – in which case this is definitely not worth the investment.

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