Not content with turning birds into Icarus, Ivanpah decided to cook itself

by Skip

How often do you hear about a solar energy plant self-immolating?  Yup, the same Obama boondoggle with our tax money that we’ve been writing about for years (bird burning, environment killing, proving solar energy isn’t free, bankrupt) decided to show us all that it could set itself on fire and kill off 2/3rds of itself:

Ivanpah runningMisaligned mirrors are being blamed for a fire that broke out yesterday at the world’s largest solar power plant, leaving the high-tech facility crippled for the time being. It sounds like the plant’s workers suffered through a real hellscape, too.

A small fire was reported yesterday morning at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) in California, forcing a temporary shutdown of the facility. It’s now running at a third of its capacity (a second tower is down due to scheduled maintenance), and it’s not immediately clear when the damaged tower will restart. It’s also unclear how the incident will impact California’s electricity supply.

The Sun. Solar.  Free!!!   Hmmm, methinks this ain’t free for anyone.

(H/T: Gizmodo)

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