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ion
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Joshua Tree Park Dark Sky Threat by Solar Project
      #6097184 - 09/23/13 05:25 PM

"Slated for a site 36 miles west of Blythe, California, the 500MW Palen Solar Plant – a collaborative project between BrightSource Energy and Abengoa Solar – is meeting resistance from critics concerned about its light pollution."

http://www.greenprophet.com/2013/09/joshua-tree-light-pollution-dims-brightso...


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Re: Joshua Tree Park Dark Sky Threat by Solar Project new [Re: ion]
      #6098805 - 09/24/13 04:20 PM

I hate to ask, but will this really be such a problem at night?

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Re: Joshua Tree Park Dark Sky Threat by Solar Project new [Re: Ed Holland]
      #6099231 - 09/24/13 07:56 PM

Quote:

I hate to ask, but will this really be such a problem at night?




It's a power plant. They are going to have all sorts of ridiculous lights on 24x7 in the name of "safety" or "security" or other such unsubstantiated nonsense. The smarter thing would be to turn them on as needed but they will say "hey we made this power for free so why not leave the brightest lights we can on all night long?"

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Re: Joshua Tree Park Dark Sky Threat by Solar Project new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6099305 - 09/24/13 08:45 PM

Ah, got it. That is unfortunate - a pity the sustainability/efficiancy argument couldn't be used to keep the lights, and energy usage down

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