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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Tue Feb 14, 2017, 08:35 AM

2. interesting

I didn't realize Ivanpah did not have a molten salt storage system. I'm not sure why I'd assumed it did, apart from the fact that it's the way to make the facility "zero carbon," which I would have taken to be a major goal of the project.

I saw the facility from the air once in June 2015 immediately after sunrise when flying to LA. It really gave me pause, just from the visual impact... because of course many folks talk about filling desert regions with concentrating solar, given their potential to be more efficient in direct sunlight than PV systems. From 6 miles up and maybe 10-20 miles southeast, the dazzling light made an unforgettable and largely (to me) negative impression. Imagining dozens or hundreds of such facilities dotting the landscape... to my mind, the language of "sacrifice zones" seems apt, because yes, we can imagine doing that, but to do so would scar the landscape in ways that really would not even have occurred to me without seeing just one for myself.

I think this mainly underscores for me the need to move away from rapacious consumption.

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