Drive into the Palm Springs area and you will see wind turbines as far as the eye can see. But, even though the San Gorgonio Pass can be windy as hell, Riverside County is only number two when it comes to the number of wind turbines in the county.
The U.S. Geological Survey created a database mapping the 57,636 wind machines in the country and found that 2,373 of them were in Riverside County. And while over two thousand wind turbines is a lot, it is just a little more than half of the whopping 4,581 that currently occupy Kern County, which is the most in the nation.
All those wind turbines in Kern County create enough energy to power between 1.2 million and 2.9 million homes, depending the vagaries of seasonal demand, according to Bakersfield.com.
Coming in behind Kern and Riverside were Alameda County, with 1,430 turbines and Nolan County in Texas, which ranked fourth in the nation with 1,374 turbines.