Friday, March 26, 2010

Going green in Palm Springs, California. See it through the Pentax K-7.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

We spent five days in Palm Springs this past week. We used to live there and I never realized how much there was in that desert city until we moved out. For this post, I  concentrate on how the area was going green long before we were talking about it.

The Palm Springs area is at the forefront of wind generated electricity. The San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm is a wind farm located on the eastern slope of the San Gorgonio Pass, just east of White Water, California, United States. It is one of three major wind farms in California, along with the Altamont Pass Wind Farm and the Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm. I posted about the Tehachapi wind farm  last year, read it here. The pass is one of the windiest places in Southern California and marks the gateway into the Coachella Valley. The farm consists of 3,218 units delivering 615 megawatts.

In my view, there is a certain beauty to these giant wind mills. You don't realize how big they are until you get close.  When at a short distance from them, you can clearly hear the sound of the propellers cutting into the wind.

I thought of sharing these photos with you. These are an example of how we could reduce the dependency on foreign oil.

Thanks for reading,

Yvon Bourque
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