Wind farm thrusts remote desert town into future
In May, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed a right-of-way grant, bringing to a close three years of impact studies for a power plant that will stretch across about 10,000 acres, forming a crescent around the town.
Local conservationists and an Arizona-based tribe that traces its ancestry to the area have turned to state and federal courts to stop the project.
June 11, 2012
by Morgan Lee
in San Diego Union-Tribune
OCOTILLO, Calif. - The nation's quest for more green energy is set on a collision course in this town on the edge of the windswept Imperial Valley desert.
Construction has started on an array of 112 wind turbines that will arise on three sides of Ocotillo by mid-2013.
With blades swirling more than 400 feet into the sky, the wind farm will supply utility customers in San Diego and southern Orange counties with enough electricity to power as many as 125,000 coastal homes.
The project is part of a broad slate of large-scale solar and wind installations that will tie into a major... [continue via Web link]