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Avian Mortality at a Solar Energy Power Plant

Publishing date: January 1986

BY MICHAEL D. MCCRARY, ROBERT L. MCKERNAN, RALPH W. SCHREIBER,WILLIAM D. WAGNER, AND TERRY C. SCIARROTTA

In 1979, the United StatesDepartmentof Energy, in conjunction with the SouthernCalifornia Edison Company (SCE) and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, initiated the construction Solar One, of the world'slargestsolarenergypower plant (Fig. 1). Until the construction of SolarOne, the useof the sun'senergy produce to electrical power had not been attemptedon this scale,and the environmental hazards of operation a solarpowerplant were unknown. this paperwe report of In on bird mortality at Solar One.

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