Some think of Ivanpah as a renewable milestone. Mojave elder Reverend Ron Van Fleet finds it an obstacle to performing rituals at a sacred site within the solar plant’s enclosure. The residents of Boulevard were more successful fighting against encroaching industrial scale wind and solar plants. Environmentalists are concerned about the negative impacts sites have on threatened species like the desert tortoise, . These are the kind of problems that led to the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Only now an industry coalition opposes DRECP limitations to renewable growth.
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
“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.” Continue reading In Memorial: Ivanpah→
“Tortoise carefully climbed to the top of ridge rock. Quite a large audience of the local desert animals had gathered to hear the great Teacher. An important meeting had been called. He looked around and cleared his throat to speak, “We are called to be good stewards of the earth, and that means even in this dry and quiet desert, a place where men rarely visit, until now.” Continue reading The Strange Disappearance Of Walter Tortoise: A Review→