Monday, November 17, 2014

Solar Power When the Sun Don't Shine

Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

(Los Angeles, California)
The largest solar power plant of its type in the world — once promoted as a turning point in green energy — isn't producing as much energy as planned.

One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn't shining as much as expected.

Sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal desert near the California-Nevada border, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System opened in February, with operators saying it would produce enough electricity to power a city of 140,000 homes.

So far, however, the plant is producing about half of its expected annual output for 2014, according to calculations by the California Energy Commission.

It had been projected to produce its full capacity for 8 hours a day, on average.

"Factors such as clouds, jet contrails and weather have had a greater impact on the plant than the owners anticipated," the agency said in a statement.
Clouds are blamed.


Doom said...

Good, good. All good. I love it when a plan works exactly as I had expected. Oh, and it is destroying so many birds of so many kinds, even so. Wonderful. I just hope as this goes belly up, if it is mostly privately owned, that Zero doesn't figure out a way to make it not hurt. I want to see investors get as burned as the birds.

Wireless.Phil said...

Yes, I reac birds fly in and are dead before the hit the ground.
Dumb birds see the shine and think its water.


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