In March 2010 I did a 6 mile hike across the future site of BrightSource Energy's Ivanpah SEGS, a solar farm. In these videos which are snapshots of prior history, I show that a complete and functioning desert ecosystem would be destroyed forever, in human lifespan terms, to meet some arbitrary rules adapted to stop climate change.
In my opinion, the goals would better have been served by putting solar on rooftops and on disturbed land, as events have born out, predictions of solar panel prices impending price drop, turned out to be true.
Wiser and calmer heads unfortunately did not prevail in the debate, and now we will live with the loss of this pristine area.
There is a better way. Google "Solar Done Right."