We could not figure out what these blinding lights were as we drove into California. We saw these huge towers in the desert. We had all kinds of guesses. Was this some kind of tourist attraction? Were they huge searchlights to attract people or grow something in the desert? Nope not even close. This is the new solar generating station created in 2014. Some people did not want the plant built because of the environmental impact to the Mojave Desert. This plant pitted environmentalists who want clean power against environmentalists who did not want any impact on the desert landscape.
Now some are reporting that birds are being scorched by this solar plant. See this story from the Daily Mail.