Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Palm Springs mesmerizing windmills...

Usually it's the case that manmade technology can spoil a landscape, but in the case of Palm Springs windmill farms you can't help but feel they add something to the scenery.
Palm Springs wind farm
As you drive past, when you're arriving from L.A., you are totally mesmerized by the almost majestic rotating wind turbines, especially as they are framed by a spectacular mountain range backdrop.
Palm Springs wind turbine farm
The impressive wind farm on the San Gorgonio Mountain Pass in San Bernadino Mountains has over 4,000 separate windmills.
Wind turbines Palm Springs
These towering turbines which harness the power of the wind produce enough electricity to power Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley.
Palm Springs wind turbines
Living in California you do wonder at times why there's not more solar power generated energy with all this sunshine, so it's strange that these windmills are in such abundance in the sweltering desert.
Palm Springs wind turbines
You also can't help but feel that we as a culture should be using more natural ways of generating power like this, rather than burning fossil fuels and polluting our environment.
Palm Springs hilltop wind turbines
Some of these windmills stand up to 150 feet tall and they require average wind speeds of at least 21 km per hour (13 mph) to operate.
Palm Springs windmills
Surprisingly Palm Springs can be quite windy at times, so I can't see that being a problem.
Wind farm Palm Springs
This expanse of windmills is such a visual spectacle and it's a great signpost to let you know that you're not far from your destination if you're traveling to Palm Springs.
Palm Springs windmill farm
This was our second trip to Palm Springs and I'm sure it won't be our last, but you can appreciate why they need so much electricity there as they need to power all those air conditioning units to keep you cool in the desert heat.

Enjoy the view...

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