Artist's Talk & Panel Discussion: The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar
Thursday, November 6
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Exhibiiton: Land Exposures
November 4 - January 3, 2015
Artist's Opening Reception:
Saturday, November 8
7:00 - 10:00 pm
Etherton Gallery and photographer Jamey Stillings [will present a panel discussion in conjunction] with its new exhibition, "Land Exposures," featuring Stillings, David Emitt Adams and Richard Laugharn. Stillings has photographed the largest solar energy generating plant in the world, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System which is out in the Mojave Desert. Work from the series has been featured in the NYT magazine, the Wall St. Journal, Smithsonian and a number of other publications. Stillings is an articulate spokesman about the issues that have arisen as a result of the large-scale implementation of alternative energy. The Ivanpah plant has over 300,000 mirrors which reflect light to boilers that sit atop three, 40-story towers. The sunlight strikes the boilers’ pipes to create superheated steam that is piped to turbines where electricity is generated. Ivanpah takes up about five square miles and provides electricity for about 140,000 homes. However, it has come under fire for its adverse impact to local wildlife. As Southern Arizona becomes a hub for alternative energy, the needs of the community, endangered wildlife and the green energy movement will likely come into conflict. The panel discussion promises to begin a dialogue on some of these issues.
The panel features Kevin Koch, owner of Technicians for Sustainability, a solar energy company with a mission to help businesses, public institutions, and homeowners; John Shepard, a Senior Adviser at the Sonoran Institute, who is currently leading the Institute’s efforts to appropriately site utility-scale solar projects in Arizona and more effectively integrate local land-use policies and water management in the Colorado River basin; and Brian Wheelwright, PhD Candidate in the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, who is adapting telescope manufacturing technologies to produce cheap dish mirrors for solar concentration, with the goal of producing low-cost solar energy.
- Etherton Gallery Press Release
For more information on these events, please visit Etherton Gallery.
To view the related video: CHANGING PERSPECTIVES --THE PROMISE AND CHALLENGE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY | JAMEY STILLINGS |
#8796, 27 October 2012
from the Evolution of Ivanpah Solar
© Jamey Stillings, Courtesy Etherton Gallery