California: Palm Springs Wind Turbines

Wind Turbines Along Highway 10

Wind Turbines Along Highway 10

Wind Turbines on Ridge

Wind Turbines on Ridge

Wind Turbines Among Sand Dunes

Wind Turbines Among Sand Dunes

Wind Turbines in Front of Mount San Jacinto

Wind Turbines in Front of Mount San Jacinto

Palm Springs, California, is home to the oldest wind farm in the United States.  Visitors can’t miss the wind turbines – it is surreal driving on Highway 10 among them.  The oldest wind turbines were built in the 1980s and stand 65 feet tall, with 15 foot blades, rotating up to 700 times per minute.  Newer models stand 300 feet tall, with blades half the length of a football field, rotating up to 45 times per minute.   Thousands of these wind turbines line the San Gorgonio Pass, producing electricity for the Coachella Valley.  This area has abundant wind energy because the air funnels through the mountain pass between the cool ocean and hot desert – sometimes reaching 80 mph!  There are even special dune buggy tours among the wind turbines.  A fun television episode of California’s Gold includes a visit by Huell Howser to the top of a wind turbine and can be viewed here:  https://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/2001/01/08/windmills-californias-gold-3012/

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

6 Responses to California: Palm Springs Wind Turbines

  1. Kongo says:

    Okay! Wowie Zowie, Pam and Richard. I love this post. The pictures are great. I’d been thinking about doing a windmill post for some time but was going to go out I-8 toward El Centro. I’d forgotten all about the windmills on the way to Palm Springs. I’m going to wait a few months then blatantly copy your idea! Love it.

    • Pam says:

      Oh please do it! I will enjoy seeing how you frame the photos. And stand by, I am going to copy you because I have a post to do on Galleta Meadows at Anza Borrego. So many great things to see!

  2. elisa ruland says:

    I always feel as though I’ve entered the twilight zone on this stretch of highway, Pam. Great shots!

    • Pam says:

      It seemed like we were driving through some futuristic movie set. You’ll have to visit sometime when you are in California – it’s the weekend playground for people in Los Angeles and San Diego.

  3. Pingback: Palm Springs: Giant Wind Turbines | naturetime

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