SOURCE: Palm Springs Windmill Tours

November 11, 2014 13:03 ET

Palm Springs Windmill Tours Opens Giving Guests a Closer Look at the Valley's Most Recognizable Icons

Daily Tours Go "Behind the Fence" on Wind Farms;

Solar and Natural Gas Production Explored, too

PALM SPRINGS, CA--(Marketwired - November 11, 2014) - Palm Springs Windmill Tours is now open and offering the only windmill farm tour that takes visitors up close and personal with the Coachella Valley's most recognizable landmarks. The tours operate daily at 9 am, noon, and 3 pm, and take visitors "behind the fence" to a working windmill farm, then explore other sustainable energy production facilities nearby. The tours are approximately one and one-half hours and cost $35 for adults and $17.50 for children.

"Palm Springs Windmill Tours is the only windmill tour company that takes its guests up close to actual windmills on the farm," said David Hixon, of Palm Springs Windmill Tours. "We show our guests the history of windmill operations here since the 1980's, and also explore newer alternative energy production with a stops at a solar panel field and the valley's new natural gas peaking facility."

Palm Springs Windmill Tours is also the only windmill farm tour endorsed by the Desert Wind Energy Association.

In 1982, the first wind farm was developed in the Palm Springs flats of the San Gorgornio Pass. Today, more than 4,000 windmills are spread out over 70 square miles and produce enough electricity to power Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley. In the Palm Springs area, about 2,000 windmills exist, ranging in height from 105 feet to the height of a 45-story building. 

The tours begin at Palm Springs Windmill Tours in North Palm Springs, where photographs documenting the evolution of the industry in the area are on display, along with various windmills that have been in use over the last 35 years.

Reservations for the tours can be made at windmilltours.com, or by calling 800-531-5834.

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