Solar - Building Power Plants

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http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Renewable-Resources-Group-Gets-Final-EIR-Go-For-its-650-MW-SunPower-PV-plan
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Solar-Banking-Part-2-Five-Key-Considerations-in-Large-Scale-Solar-Financi - printed (look under the quality section)
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Solar-Banking-Part-1-Smart-Financial-Engineering-Funds-the-Big-Solar-Proj - printed (look under the quality section)
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/first-solars-topaz-misses-the-doe-loan-deadline1
http://www.livescience.com/28023-shams-1-largest-solar-energy-plant.html
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/A-Look-at-Arizona-and-the-Best-Solar-Resource-in-the-Nation
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/a_potential_breakthrough_in_harnessing_the_suns_energy/2144/
http://solarlove.org/220-mw-new-solar-power-florida/
http://www.solarpanelinfo.com/solarprojects/solar-tower-power.php
http://solarlove.org/largest-solar-plant-world-now-operating/
http://solarlove.org/40-growth-megawatts-installed-borrego-solar/
http://grist.org/list/this-texas-solar-farm-uses-sheep-for-its-landscaping-needs/
http://www.google.com/about/datacenters/renewable/
http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2013/11/bringing-new-wind-to-iowa/
http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdatacenters/archive/2014/07/15/microsoft-announces-largest-wind-project-to-date.aspx
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/10/131031-flex-power-plants-california/
http://www.cpvwoodbridge.com/pdf/cpv_woodbridgegroundbreakingrelease_FINAL_oct232013.pdf
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/energy/great-energy-challenge/
http://grist.org/climate-energy/the-mystery-of-huge-solar-plants-and-tiny-dead-birds/
http://cleantechnica.com/2015/02/10/first-solar-apple-sign-largest-commercial-power-agreement-industry-date/
http://cleantechnica.com/2015/02/13/google-signs-repower-iconic-bay-area-wind-farm/
http://cleantechnica.com/2015/02/13/42-mw-geothermal-plant-planned-northern-japan/
http://cleantechnica.com/2015/02/10/550-mw-desert-sunlight-solar-farm-california-now-online/
http://cleantechnica.com/2015/02/10/utility-scale-solar-outshines-new-gop-architecture-abundance-energy-plan/
http://solarlove.org/polish-solar-farm-built-2-minutes-video/
http://solarlove.org/400-mw-solar-projects-approved-idaho/
http://solarlove.org/70-mw-pv-merchant-solar-plant-completed-chile/
http://solarlove.org/large-solar-plant-triple-virginias-solar-power/
http://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/us-saw-1200-increase-1mw-solar-plants-between-2008-2013.html
http://solarlove.org/73-mw-solar-project-built-former-gang-members/
http://solarlove.org/40-growth-megawatts-installed-borrego-solar/

http://grist.org/business-technology/inside-the-huge-solar-farm-that-powers-apples-icloud/ - done reading
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/07/130725-obama-renewable-energy-plan-public-lands/ - done reading
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/23/130123-obama-climate-change-inauguration-science-advice-global-warming/ - done reading
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/07/130725-ivanpah-solar-energy-mojave-desert/ - done reading

What are the environmental impacts that we must consider when building a solar or wind power plant?

Solar and wind power plant may kill wild lives, especially birds. See http://grist.org/news/thousands-of-birds-are-igniting-mid-air-whats-solar-got-to-do-with-it/. We can have walls (perhaps point upward and out to prevent rats and other animal that can climb) and are high enough and without any space to prevent land animals from entering the power plant. How can we prevent birds from entering the power plant? Can we use motion detectors to detect birds so that we can automatically turn off the power plant until the birds pass by? Need to read through the links that are referenced in the article above, and determine why Ivanpah solar installation had such impact on birds (is it because it is a concentrating solar power plant?)

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