“Street Life” Weekly Photo Challenge

Seen from along the street, Wind Turbines – Power-up Life…

The Tehachapi Wind Farm, with around 5,000 wind turbines, is the second largest collection of wind generators in California (the largest is at the Altamont pass, near Livermore and the San Francisco Bay area). The turbines are operated by a dozen private companies, and collectively produce about 800 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, enough to meet the residential needs of 350,000 people every year. With over 15,000 turbines in the state (7,000 at Altamont and 3,000 at San Gorgonio Pass, near Palm Springs), wind power in California makes up about 1% of California’s electricity. Until just a few years ago, these three windfarms were the largest in the world.

Visitation:Public roads pass through the wind farm, as does the Pacific Crest Hiking Trail. Visible from both sides of Route 58, west of Mojave, and east of Tehachapi.

(Cut from source, 03-28-14:http://clui.org/ludb/site/tehachapi-wind-farm)

13 comments

  1. I remember driving through this area last year, and was quite impressed to see so many wind turbines there 🙂 Great photo capture!

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  2. We’ve driven past a few small windfarms, but nothing of this magnitude — what a spread! Windmills always look like they’re waving hello.

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  3. Wow, this is a beautiful and strong image! Wonderful job! When I was little we used to drive from Modesto to San Jose to visit my cousins and I loved to look at these! They always seemed so big, powerful, and far away!

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