Desert solar plant catches fire, loses capacity for indefinite period

Desert solar plant catches fire, loses capacity for indefinite period

[Ed. – Misaligned mirrors: kind of a big deal, in the Mojave Desert.  Good thing the taxpayer is on the hook for this money-losing monstrosity, huh?]

Misaligned 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.

Putting out the blaze was not easy task, either.

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