altamont pass

Americans will tell you that cars = freedom. Then they will complain about the traffic:

They also take wind power seriously (or did in the 70s):

There are many different types of generator here, many dating from the 70s, but they also seem to have replaced sections with more modern designs from Europe (the three on the left). The old designs look to be of the order of 100kW, the newer ones are 1MW or more. The older designs often have the post upwind from the blades, the new ones have the post downwind. I don't know why. The modern ones look much nicer. The wind was blowing from left to right.




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