The largest wind turbines are 150 feet tall. The blades are half the length of a football field. One turbine can produce up to 300 kilowatts an hour, the amount of electricity used by a typical household in a month. Electricity produced by the wind turbines in the San Gorgonio Pass is enough to power Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley. The windmills were featured in a scene from the film, Rain Man.
A few years back, while researching my novel, The Way Home, I took a guided tour of a wind farm. I was fascinated to see how the windmills work and what goes into running a wind farm. You don't realize how big the turbines are until you see them up close. Here's the link to the windmill tour I visited: http://www.windmilltours.com/
Local residents love or hate the windmills, thinking that they're a useful source of green energy or a blight on the landscape. What do you think?
desert trivia: people who repair the desert windmills are called windsmiths. The term intrigued me so I made Rex Barnett, a character from my novel, The Way Home, a windsmith