San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm

San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm
San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm is located in California
{{{alt}}}
Location of San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm
Country United States
Location Riverside County, California
Coordinates 33°54′53.532″N 116°35′18.348″W / 33.91487°N 116.58843°W / 33.91487; -116.58843Coordinates: 33°54′53.532″N 116°35′18.348″W / 33.91487°N 116.58843°W / 33.91487; -116.58843
Status Operational
Construction began 1980s
Turbine information
Turbines 3,218
Hub height 160 ft (49 m) (max)
Power generation information
Installed capacity 615 MW

The San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm is a wind farm located on the eastern slope of the San Gorgonio Pass in Riverside County, just east of White Water, California, United States. Developed beginning in the 1980s, it is one of three major wind farms in California, along with those at Altamont and the Tehachapi passes. The gateway into the Coachella Valley, the San Gorgonio Pass is one of the windiest places in Southern California.

Contents

Utilities

As of January 2008, the farm consists of 3,218 units delivering 615 MW.[1] A single Southern California Edison Path 46 500 kV power line crosses the pass on the northern edge of San Jacinto Peak. This line links the Los Angeles metro area with the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant.

The majority of the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm viewed from atop the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in the San Jacinto Mountains to the south. The farm continues over the hills to the north along California State Route 62. Interstate 10 traverses the image horizontally, and a small portion of State Route 111 is also visible at the bottom of the photo.

History and governance

Wind energy development in the San Gorgonio Pass area was formally studied through the San Gorgonio Wind Resource Study EIR (1982), a joint environmental document prepared for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Riverside County. The document assessed three scenarios for wind energy development in the area, and included criteria for the development of wind energy on both a countywide basis and specifically for the San Gorgonio Pass area.[2] Since 1982, and the approval of wind energy development in the San Gorgonio Pass, numerous wind turbines have become part of the landscape. The narrow turbines range from 80 to 160 feet in height.[3]

Involvement with ExxonMobil

In August 1997 ExxonMobil and Southern California Edison jointly constructed a combination oil refinery and storage facility. The plant continues to operate as a refinery while at the same time storing a healthy oil reserve. The refinery and storage facility works in tandem with the wind farm to utilize the energy created in the necessary processes in the refinery process.[4]

360° panorama from the site of the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm

References

See also




Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • San Gorgonio Pass — Infobox Mountain Pass Name = San Gorgonio Pass Photo = San Gorgonio pass wind farm IMG 6704 060421 143600.jpg Caption = A small segment of the San Gorgonio Pass wind farm Elevation = 2,600 ft. (790 m) Location = California, USA Range = San… …   Wikipedia

  • Ferme éolienne de San Gorgonio Pass — Ferme éolienne de San Gorgonio Localisation Pays …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Altamont Pass Wind Farm — The Altamont Pass Wind Farm is one of the earliest in the United States located in the Altamont Pass. The wind farm is composed of over 4900 relatively small wind turbines of various types, making it at one time the largest farm in the world in… …   Wikipedia

  • Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm — The east and south area of the Tehachapi Pass 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… …   Wikipedia

  • San Gorgonio — (Spanish for Saint Gorgonius ) can refer to: San Gorgonio Mountain, California, United States San Gorgonio Pass, California, United States San Gorgonio Wilderness, California, United States San Gorgonio River, California, United States San… …   Wikipedia

  • Wind farm — Royd Moor Wind Farm in England …   Wikipedia

  • Meadow Lake Wind Farm — View westward of Indiana Route 43 in White County …   Wikipedia

  • Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm — seen to right of buildings in the Marina District …   Wikipedia

  • Maple Ridge Wind Farm — is the largest wind farm in the state of New York in the United States, with 195 Vestas model V82 1.65 MW wind turbines.[1][2] Each turbine tower is 260 feet (79 m) tall. Each turbine has blades 130 feet (40 m) long, which added to the… …   Wikipedia

  • Desert Sky Wind Farm — Part of the Farm off I 10 The Desert Sky Wind Farm is a 160.5 megawatt wind power station located near the far West Texas town of Iraan, in Pecos County. The wind farm consists of 107 GE wind turbines, each rated at 1.5 megawatts spread over a 15 …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.