What did you see on your spring break? 4,000 wind turbines.

4 Mar 2012

Last month, my family and I took a trip to Palm Desert, California.  As we approached, we were surprised by a sight I was totally unaware of – the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm was developed beginning in the 1980s and is one of three major wind farms in California.  Reportedly, the San Gorgonio Pass is one of the windiest places in Southern California.

This wind farm is located in the San Bernadino Mountains and has more than 4,000 separate wind turbines (4,000!) and provides enough electricity to power Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley.  This farm has different types of wind turbine structures which, given its age, I suspect have evolved over time.

Apparently, you can tour the wind farm and while we got some amazing views from the road, I think I will have to put this on my to-do list for next time!

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