(NEWSER) – A cutting-edge solar technology in California's Mojave Desert may have a bit too much cut.
Wildlife officials say they've counted one bird being scorched to death every two minutes by intensely focused rays of light at the BrightSource Energy plant, considered the largest solar thermal power plant of its kind in the world.
The solar complex uses more than 300,000 mirrors the size of garage doors to focus the sun's power toward "power towers" as many as 40 stories tall, and can power as many as 140,000 homes.
Google is one of three owners of the plant at Ivanpah Dry Lake, near the Nevada border.
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