WSJ: World's largest solar plant is open, but it's killing birds

|By:, SA News Editor

The new Ivanpah solar power project in the California desert - dedicated today by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz - is the first of its kind, and it may be among the last, because the heat it generates is so intense that it appears to be killing birds.

The owners of the project - NRG Energy (NRG), Google, and BrightSource Energy - call the "tower power" plant a major feat of engineering that can light up 140K homes per year, but the heat created by the plant's thousands of special mirrors seems to be scorching birds that fly over the area.

The companies say it's too early to draw definitive conclusions.

Utilities owned by PG&E (PCG) and Edison International (EIX) have agreed to buy electricity generated from Ivanpah under 25-year contracts.