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( Sandy Huffaker / Associated Press / August 31, 2012 )
San Gorgonio Wind Park
Distance: 102 miles one-way
Maybe you've already seen the wind mills on the way to your favorite resort in La Quinta -- those rows of tri-blade ivory towers spinning away like alien corn in the blustery San Gorgonio Pass near the exit to Palm Springs.
There are about 4,500 of them out here, representing 80 wind farms run by companies you may know ( Florida Power & Light), others you may not (Iberdrola) and, formerly, by others you wish you hadn't (Enron). Collectively, they can harness 650 megawatts of pure, clean, renewable energy.
-- Jordan Rane
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