Remember that post I wrote about how I vowed from here on out to operate from a Place of Yes?
Well I did something along those lines. I was given the opportunity to take part in a small private tour of the Wind Farms in the San Gorgonio Pass in Palm Springs, California. The email invitaion required an immediate response so I called and within 24 hrs I was on my way.
San Gorgonio Pass is the gateway to the Coachella Valley and is one of the windiest areas in California. The winds here are are caused by the combination of two different air temps, hot desert air and cool coastal air making it the ideal location for one of Californias’ three wind farms.
One large windmill can provide electricity to 750 homes.
President Obama and the Department of Energy plan to derive 20% of U.S. electricity by 2030 from America’s wind resources.
If you are visiting Southern California you should really try to drive out to Palm Springs/Palm Desert. You will get a chance to see the windmills in action, they are quite impressive in size. There are a few public tours around which I have not been on. I was invited by a group who’s tour was given directly by the California Bureau of Land Management. I thought this was one great opportunity not from just a spectator stand point but as a photographer. So on a a rainy Wednesday morning I got my kids off to school and off I drove two hours to Palm Springs.
It was quite windy that day which meant to up close “inside a turbine” view, I was more than OK with that.
Can you spot the angel in Mt. San Jacinto?
This photo below was taken in 1934.
Here are a few of my pics.