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In Memorial: Ivanpah

The world’s largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant is a focal point in the conflict of two cultures. It sits on a native American sacred site. In Memorial: Ivanpah

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PM“The Ivanpah project is a shining example of how America is becoming a world leader in solar energy,” said Secretary Moniz, in the press release announcing the project’s opening. “As the President made clear in the State of the Union, we must continue to move toward a cleaner energy economy, and this project shows that building a clean energy economy creates jobs, curbs greenhouse gas emissions, and fosters American innovation.”
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The other side of Ivanpah

The other side of Ivanpah: Native American sacred sites violated; Desert habitat destroyed; Environmentalists divided

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The construction of large desert solar complexes like Ivanpah was a watershed event. There are questions about the US Government permitting violations of Native American sacred sites. Grassroots environmental groups separated themselves from mainstream organizations like the Sierra Club. An article in the LA Times asked, “At what temperature might a songbird vaporize?” or “What happens if one of the Air Force’s heat-seeking missiles confuses a solar power plant with a military training target?”  There have been many negative stories. Continue reading The other side of Ivanpah