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Alta Wind Energy Center, Mojave Desert Near Tehachapi Pass | by CalUrbanist
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Alta Wind Energy Center, Mojave Desert Near Tehachapi Pass

America's most powerful wind farm -- 1.5 gigawatts in size, enough to generate electricity for a city of millions -- is on the edge of the Mojave at the foot of the Tehachapi Pass, site of one of the earliest and still largest collections of windmills in the world. Altogether, there are more than 5,000 turbines in the area, and the newest and largest are nearly 500 feet to the tip of the blade. With its rows of white giants marching across the desert floor, Alta resembles the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm near Palm Springs, while the Tehachapi Wind Farm resembles the Altamont in Northern California, with its rolling landscape of golden hills and mix of newer and (much) older models.

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Taken in August 2016