Pilots say they’re blinded by the glare from major solar power plant

The glare from a major solar power plant in the US has been blinding some pilots flying over the area, according to a report filed this month with the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS). As Quartz reports, the problem stems from the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System on the border between California and Nevada, which is the world’s largest solar power plant. Pilots have been complaining that the sunlight that reflects off of the panels and on to 500-foot towers poses a safety risk, though it apparently took months for their reports to reach the appropriate authorities.

“From the pilot’s seat of my aircraft the brightness was like looking into the sun,” one pilot claimed in the report, describing the reflection as “a hazard…

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