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Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm
aerial view of Tehachapi Wind Farm
The east and south area of the Tehachapi Passmarker has one of California's larger Wind farms, generating electricity. The turbines have been in place since the early 1980s and have been upgraded through the years. The original wind turbines were much smaller than the much taller and larger new version turbines now sited for use. Each wind turbine generates more than 1.5 megawatts. Tehachapi was creating more power than needed. Improvements in the grid started in late 2008. A projected 500 more wind turbines will be installed by mid-2010. All of the gigantic wind turbines are easily seen from State Route 58 and from Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road.

In a recent move, Southern California Edison plans to secure 1,500 megawatts (MW) or more of power generated from new projects to be built in the Tehachapi area. The 2006 contract, which more than doubles SCE’s wind energy portfolio, envisions more than of wind parks in the Tehachapi region, which is triple the size of any existing U.S. wind farm.

Other well-known wind turbine locations in California include the Altamont Pass Wind Farmmarker and the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farmmarker, near Palm Springsmarker.

See also


  1. Southern California Edison Signs Largest Wind Energy Contract in U.S. Renewable Industry History

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