Bird deaths at Calif. power plant a PR nightmare for industry
NIPTON, Calif. -- The Mojave Desert's gleaming Ivanpah solar plant is bright enough to make Las Vegas-bound air travelers and pilots squint from a distance of 60 or more miles. The 45-story "power towers" shine with sunlight reflected by 350,000 heliostat mirrors spread across an area four times the size of New York's Central Park. Receivers atop the towers heat to nearly 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, boiling water to turn turbines that crank out power for more than 100,000 houses. But that intense heat is incinerating birds.