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Solar Energy Less Dangerous to Birds Than Cats or Cars

Solar-thermal power plants in the U.S. are less likely to kill birds than cars, cats or mobile-phone towers, despite reports that say the facilities pose a significant threat to avian life.

There were 321 “avian fatalities” in the first half of this year at the 392-megawatt Ivanpah solar project in Southern California, according to a statement yesterday from NRG Energy Inc., which co-owns and operates it. Of those, 133 were scorched by heat produced by the plant.