Monday, August 29, 2005

SDG&E wind farm comes blowing into mountain pass

The desert outside San Diego is about to get a new bit of scenery.

With sky-high cranes and delicate calibrating tools, contractors are assembling the giant rotors on what will be the largest capacity wind turbines in the nation.

The 25 turbines will be erected in coming weeks on the Tecate Divide, just north of the Golden Acorn Casino. This remote East County reservation will become home to the first large-scale commercial wind farm on Indian lands in the United States.

The tribe will collect fees on a 20-year lease, plus royalties from electricity sales to San Diego Gas & Electric.