Great American Infrastructure: Tehachapi Pass, CA: Alta Wind Energy Center

Posted by Steve Anderson on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

This is the twenty-sixth in a series of entries celebrating infrastructure achievements in the United States.

What: The Alta Wind Energy Center is is a wind farm located in Tehachapi Pass of the Tehachapi Mountains, in Kern County, California.  It is the largest wind farm in the United States.

When: After some delays, construction began on the project on July 27, 2010The Alta Wind Energy Center is comprised of several projects with, Alta I-VI already completed.  More phases and funding have been secured.

An up close & personal look at the Alta Wind Energy Center:

Buck Buckner on YouTube.

Interesting facts: The Alta Wind Energy Center has also acquired several notable sponsors, with Citibank and Google each investing $157 million.

Alta Wind is the first project to connect with Southern California Edison’s Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, itself the first major transmission project in California to be constructed specifically for accessing a renewable-­rich resource area.

 Wind development began in Tehachapi Pass the 1980’s, with the area now home to several wind farms:

Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm from Charles Hull on Vimeo.

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