The powerful wind capacity of Cameron Ridge • Earth.com

Last update: October 17th, 2019 at 5:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Cameron Ridge portion of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), a wilderness path that spans 2,650 miles from the Mexican border in California to the Canadian border in Washington.

Located in Southern California’s Kern County, a series of wind turbines were positioned along Cameron Ridge to take advantage of winds that blow through the desert off the Pacific Ocean.

According to a report for the California Energy Commission, these winds are funneled through a mountain pass with average speeds of 20 miles per hour.

In 2018, Kern County had the largest concentration of wind capacity in the country, with the potential to generate more than 4,000 megawatts. 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

 

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