Monday, July 6, 2009

San Gorgonio Pass Wind Turbines

We saw this while driving to our destination today and it was one of the neatest things to take in while driving. These things are HUGE in person:

San Gorgonio Pass is one of the windiest areas in the world and is home to 3,500 electricity-producing wind turbines. The electricity generated by the wind turbines is used by the customers of Southern California Edison Company. The San Gorgonio wind turbines produce approximately 600 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) every year. This amount of electricity is enough to meet the needs of 100,000 typical homes or about 250,000 people.The wind turbines also provide environmental benefits. By producing electricity cleanly, the state's wind power plants reduce pollutant gases that contribute to smog, acid rain and global warming. Each year San Gorgonio's wind power plants prevent the emission of 3 million pounds of sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, particulates and 600 million pounds of carbon dioxide that would otherwise be produced.


unschoolermom said...

Love the wind turbines! That would definitely be something to see!