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Tours - North
Palm Springs, California
Farmers in the
midwest today are beginning to make their land available for windmill
use by windmill companies who then sell the power to utility companies.
Fourteen miles per hour is the average wind required to run a windmill.
At greater than 45 miles per hour winds they will shut down. The workers
who climb the windmills to do maintenance are called windsmiths. It costs
around $30,000 a year to maintain one windmill. The initial cost of a
windmill is recouped with 4 1/2 years with typical lifespan of 20-25 years.
75% of all windmills are manufactured in Denmark. The remaining 25% come
from Germany. The cost of windmill power is 4 1/2 to 5 cents a kilowatt
hour which is very competitive at today's prices. Windmills in California
provide enough electricity to serve 1.5 million residents (about enough
to power all of San Francisco), providing 1.5 percent of California's
energy needs or 1,600 megawatts. As wind power becomes more widely used in the areas where it is practical, it can provide a true renewable energy source.
From Interstate 10 take the Palm Springs/Indian Ave. exit. Go north on Indian Ave. and make an immediate left turn on the north frontage road also known as 20th Ave. Go 1.25 miles and the windmill tour office will be on your right.
Phone 760-251-1997 or 877-449-WIND.
Please make reservations at
least 24 hours in advance. Tours are subject to cancellation due to inclement
weather...please call ahead to confirm. There are four tours available
daily: 9AM, 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM. Off season hours may vary.