The desert is not deserted, empty, or dead - the desert is alive, and one of the world's most fragile ecosystems. At Ivanpah, thousands of acres of prime desert tortoise habitat have been scraped, so the power can be sent hundreds of miles.
This is non-renewable land use, and thus not renewable energy. It has pitted green against green and made solar into an extractive industry.
But let's not focus on this one site (pun intended). We must consider the fate of all the world's deserts - the enormous threat to the Sahara from the DESERTEC project comes to mind. It starts with transmission lines.
Let's use land that has already been paved, or mined, or turned into garbage dumps. We also have these things called rooftops, in case people have forgotten.
Joy Hughes, Founder, Solar Gardens Institute http://www.solargardens.org
CEO, Solar Panel Hosting LLC http://www.solarpanelhosting.com