Tuesday, February 17, 2009

San Gorgonio Pass

Photo: Taken on Palm Springs Tramway by Matthew Field

This wind farm, North of Palm Springs, on the East facing side of the San Gorgonio Pass is one of the windiest places in Southern California. Due to the San Andreas Fault, it is one of the deepest mountain passes in the 48 contiguous states creating a wind tunnel in this location, as well as, the stable flows of warm desert air mixing with cooler coastal air. Winds are the strongest in summer, when electricity demands are at the highest.

There are about 4000 wind turbines in this area. It is predicted by 2017 California will receive 20% of its energy from renewable sources.

-California Energy Commission
-Encyclopedia of Earth

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