As much as I would love to regale you with some of the technical details Ken shared with us throughout our two hour tour, why not just watch the Huell Howser show he was on instead to get it straight from the horses mouth? You can view the show in it's entirety by Clicking Here.
Otherwise, what I can tell you is that this $33 per person tour was terrific, fun, interesting, and a photographers dream. We were able to get very up close personal, not just with the wind farms, but also the areas' solar farms and natural gas plants, all of which are working to move America away from oil and coal, and toward cleaner, alternative sources of electricity.
The wind turbine on the left was built using old technology, while the windmill on the right was built using more recent design standards. The biggest difference? The wind turbine tower on the left was built with steel braces and lots and lots of bolts. Which loosen over time as the towers are repeatedly buffeted by the wind. Meaning that some of them lost enough bolts that they actually fell down. Not good! So, they were gradually replaced with the towers on the right which are built of heavy duty fiberglass instead.
|Nearby residents might disagree, but I found these wind turbines to be works of art in and of themselves, particularly positioned as they are against the San Jacinto Mountains|
|Yep, definitely a good, windy place in which to build wind farms!|