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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by licensed pilot, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. licensed pilot

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    What is this? SOLAR FARM.PNG
     
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    It's a solar concentrator farm -- created completely from private funds by the Spanish infrastructure firm Acciona. The power it generates supplies the needs of nearby Boulder City. You can read more about it here:

    Nevada Solar One

    -- these things are enormously successful and relatively environmentally safe, contrary to the Ivanpah project which operates at a net power loss and kills a bird every few seconds ("streamers")
     
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    Very cool stuff. This thing is huge...
     
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    I've been there a couple times, but there is no interesting vantage point on the ground - the area is well fenced and there is no provision for visitors. You might be able to get something interesting from flying height, particularly around sunrise when the parabolic reflectors are pointing east
     
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    I'm in Arizona. Just found it interesting as I saw a Notam for a UAS flight near the spot. Once I saw it on Google Earth I wanted to know what it was. Thanks.