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Old 15th Aug 2016, 17:28   #101 (permalink)
 
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Regularly drive past an 83,000 flat panel / 20Mw solar farm that's been operating for 2 years and they're still grazing sheep under them. Hopefully not too much glass for them to chew on!

Just reading a bit further in the Wikipedia article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_...rating_Systems) and it appears to show SEGS I still generating power, albeit quite a bit down from its peak

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I bet it is down quite a bit from its peak layman, because it isn't there anymore, just like the last time I was out here.

Your comment of still generating piqued my interest, so I took a trip to find out.

I am currently sat 5 feet from the old perimeter fence, took a whole bunch of pictures, of concrete pads in sand.
The cooling ponds are empty and the proposed lot for SEGS II is still fenced in sand.
So unless the SEGS I nomenclature has been transferred to the Harper Lake facility, it ain't generating nothing but land tax for the county.
BTW, it's 97 deg. CAVU here at 1027 PST.
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layman,
Just to clarify, the broken glass was not from PV panels, they were from the concave linear arrays that focused the sunlight on a roughly 4 inch pipe running throughout the field,
If memory serves, it contained some type of glycol.
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I googled the physical address:
35100 Santa Fe St. Daggett Ca 92327 because I can't seem to upload the photo's. You can, at least I can, still see the facility in all its former glory, but having physically stood there this morning, it ain't so.
Interesting.
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Just copy the address and give it to Google Earth search.
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https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/...!4d-116.825314

So what are the circles?
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Alfalfa fields.
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Alfalfa fields.
And they are round because of the pivot irrigation.
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Old 15th Aug 2016, 19:53   #108 (permalink)
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Thanks. . . .
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Thanks. . . .
For a bit of a laugh, if you look to the east of the airfield and south you may see houses with wooden fences around their yards and plastic covered green houses, depending on the season you may even see the marijuana plants, or look up in the hills and find open air meth operations.
Some areas of the desert just aren't safe to go off-roading.
Druggies tend to shoot.
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I can well imagine that possession of a firearm would be essential in that sort of area - properties surrounded by 'nothing' . . .
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I can well imagine that possession of a firearm would be essential in that sort of area - properties surrounded by 'nothing' . . .
When the Sherrifs are only a phone call, "what's the nearest cross street" and maybe 15 - 30 minutes away, absolutely.
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There's a breaker's yard just over the other side of the Highway from the runway which must be an absolute Aladdin's Cave.
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There's a breaker's yard just over the other side of the Highway from the runway which must be an absolute Aladdin's Cave.
Look for the one at El Mirage, then the boneyard at Mojave.
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There's a breaker's yard just over the other side of the Highway from the runway which must be an absolute Aladdin's Cave.
I love breaker's yards - in another life I would probably settle for that as a 'profession' - except that I would be loath to part with the interesting stuff.

Scrap yard.

In this life I have abandoned any idea of resurrecting old vehicles - I have had too much pain.

As you suggest, I imagine that there are vehicles there that are beyond my wildest dreams.
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I love breaker's yards - in another life I would probably settle for that as a 'profession' - except that I would be loath to part with the interesting stuff.

Scrap yard.

In this life I have abandoned any idea of resurrecting old vehicles - I have had too much pain.

As you suggest, I imagine that there are vehicles there that are beyond my wildest dreams.
Desert climate, desert dwellers/hoarders, way out of the way places, friend of mine bought a 50's Cadillac, the one with the bullet grille and big fins, just happened to be out on his atv and saw it on somebody's property.
Last registered mid 70's, the mice/rats left only the seat springs, but everything was still attached, chrome, glass all good, paint weathered.
Tires, yeah well.
He paid $200, it cost more than that for the tow company to go get it.
Best part, I was at his house when they delivered it.
Opened the hood, everything still there.
Pulled the plugs, shot some light oil in each cylinder, replace plugs, clean black widow spider webs out of the air cleaner, check the points, hook up a battery, pour some gas down the carb, turned the key and the damn thing started right up.
He re did the whole thing, from stem to stern and ended up making $5K when he sold it.

There was a woman in Baker, had more classic mustangs than you could shake a stick at, sometimes a case of beer....
Unfortunately she is long gone now, along with the Mustangs.
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It's never wise to tangle with the global climate change deniers because denial of reality is the fundament of what they believe, but Professor Brian Cox gamely took one on recently.

Very funny to see the politician reflexively reaching for the usual conspiracy theory crap.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxEGHW6Lbu8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9-KNzaHDL4

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Old 16th Aug 2016, 07:45   #117 (permalink)
 
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There's a breaker's yard just over the other side of the Highway from the runway which must be an absolute Aladdin's Cave.
I have visited more than a few of those, happily exploring while living at the western end of the Mojave (Edwards AFB) with my older brother. They are magical places of mystery and discovery for some of us.
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Regrettably the yard I was enthusing about would be a waste of time. I zoomed in with Google Earth and all the scrap turned out to be chunks of iron a lot smaller than a mid-sized saloon that was parked amongst them.
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Regrettably the yard I was enthusing about would be a waste of time. I zoomed in with Google Earth and all the scrap turned out to be chunks of iron a lot smaller than a mid-sized saloon that was parked amongst them.
If you follow Route 66 (the road immediately south of and parrallel to Santa Fe) about 5-6 miles west you will see the Marine Corp/Navy DRMO yard,
Trucks/Humvees/ HET's and anything else your little heart desires.
All for disposal sale on Iron Planet.
But, buyer beware, ex military Humvees are NOT legal for road use in the US.

On the way west you will see Daggett, go due north a couple of miles and you will see MCLB Yermo, the west coast storage and overhaul facility for the ground equipment, and the railhead for NTC rotations.
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Here's a bit of it

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