Pilots Complain of Brightness from Huge Solar Farm

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Pilots flying over the world's largest solar power plant in the Mojave Desert are complaining of nearly blinding glare from sun's reflection off fields of mirrors.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1gomgrN ) two complaints were filed with federal authorities in August, months before the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System formally opened. The plant sprawls across roughly 5 square miles of federal land near the California-Nevada border.

A pilot wrote that it was impossible to look in the direction of the plant because of the intense brightness. An air traffic controller reported receiving daily complaints about the brightness from pilots flying over the solar farm during the late morning and early afternoon.

The plant's operator, NRG Energy Inc., said it was notified of the complaints this week and was investigating the issue.

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