|Huge Forest of Giant Wind Turbines Near
Palm Springs In Southern California
Palm Springs is about 120 miles southeast of Los Angeles. In touring various points of interest in southeast
California in the last week of October 2006, when we were traveling on Interstate Highway 10 or on Highway
62 near Palm Springs, we were delightfully surprised to see a huge forest of modern gigantic wind turbines
spreading over very large areas at San Gorgonio Pass as shown on this web page.
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing Highway 10 and Highway 62 near Palm Springs
Huge area of modern windmill farm near Palm Springs in southern California
It was an absolutely wonderful experience for me to see such huge array of towers of gigantic wind turbines
spreading over such big areas at San Gorgonio Pass to generate electric power from the wind, a sustainable
renewable energy source.
Our 2-week trip from October 26 to November 10, 2006 is a large loop in southeast California, western Arizona
and southern Nevada starting at Los Angeles and ending at Los Angeles. The sequence of Point-Of-Interest in
this 2-week trip is the following:
Los Angeles --> Palm Springs (4 days for touring Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Wind Turbine Farm, Jenks
Lake, Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Joshua Tree National Park and Morongo Birding
Areas) --> Anza Borrego State Park --> Imperial Valley (Painted Gorge, Imperial National Wildlife Refuge,) -->
Cibola NWR --> Havasu NWR and London Bridge --> Laughlin, NV (near Bullhead City, Arizona) --> Scenic
Highway 68, Scenic Highwayway 93, Hoover Dam --> Las Vegas --> Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada,
Mount Charleston, Scenic Highway 158, Hemenway Park --> Class Reunion in Las Vegas (Lake Mead Cruise,
Red Rock National Recreational Area) --> Los Angeles
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How I use information age technologies to enhance my enjoyment greatly of sightseeing large driving tour loop
of thousands of miles and of one to two weeks in duration covering many Points of Interest is described on my
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The reason for my interest in such wind turbine farms is described in the Appendix below.
Appendix: Progress in Battery Technology for Clean and Renewable Energy
The life expectancies of people living in developing countries with heavily polluted air and environment are
mostly shorter by 10 years or more than those in highly developed countries with clean air and clean
This is a good motivation to use clean and renewable energy sources such as wind turbine farm or solar panel
farm instead of the old and dirty fossil fuels for electric power generation.
In last 40 years, the wind turbine technology and solar power technology have gone through several
generations of improvements and cost reduction to make them cost effective, reliable and practical.
However, one serious obstacle is the weather. The electric power generated from a wind turbine farm may not
be reliable because there is no wind in certain time period. Similarly, the electric power generated from a solar
farm may not be reliable because it may be at night with no sun or it may be a raining day or a snowing day
with no sun. So, cost effective storage of energy for use during “bad” weather conditions has been an
important issue for such clean and renewable energy systems.
Fortunately, cost effective solution for this issue is available now as described below.
New forms of lower cost electricity storage are making the electric power grid more renewable, more reliable,
cleaner and at lower cost.
"This will be like the change from analog to digital, or landlines to cell phones,” says Advanced Microgrid
Systems CEO Susan Kennedy, whose firm’s software helps utilities optimize their power choices every instant
of every day. “The energy industry will never be the same.”
According to the survey data from BloombergNEF (Bloomberg New Energy Finance Limited Company), the
cost of lithium-ion batteries has plunged 85 percent in a decade, and 30 percent in just the past year (2018).
Two strong driving forces for this downward cost trend come from the transitions in the automotive industry
away from dirty internal combustion engine vehicles into clean electric vehicles and in electric power markets
away from dirty fossil fuels into clean and renewable energy sources, such as wind power and solar power.
With lower cost storage batteries, electric utility companies across the U.S. have started attaching containers
full of lithium-ion batteries to the electric power grid—and they’re planning to install far more of them in the
coming years. Electricity has always been the toughest commodity to manage, because unlike water, grain,
fuel or steel, historically electric power has been largely very difficult and expensive to store for later use. But
that is changing fast, and even though the dramatic growth of batteries on the grid will be invisible to most
Americans, it has the potential to transform how we produce and consume power, creating more flexible and
resilient electricity systems with less waste, lower costs and fewer pollution emissions.
Thanks to the dizzying cost declines, utilities are now building new wind and solar farms accompanied by new
battery storage for less than they would pay to build new fossil-fuel electricity generation plants—and in some
cases less than they would pay to run existing fossil-fuel plants. Pairing renewable electric energy sources with
battery storage lets electric power grid operators fill in gaps when the weather isn’t cooperating and dispatch
power in more predictable ways when it’s needed most
Jigar Shah, the founder of the pioneering solar company Sun Edison and now the president of the clean energy
finance firm Generate Capital, believes hundreds of billions of dollars worth of fossil-fueled peaker pollution
plants that often run just a few hundred hours a year might soon be mothballed for good.
Southwest Power Pool in USA now routinely handles 50 percent and even 60 percent of electric power
generation from wind while keeping the lights on without interruption. There was one afternoon last month when
California’s grid was receiving more than two-thirds of its power from solar with no reliability problems at all.
Sample references for such rapid trend of cost reduction in energy storage batteries can be seen here and
For longer term future, in addition to the rapid reduction in the cost of lithium-ion battery, other new energy
storage technologies may become mature and available that may further lower the cost of energy storage.