Wind Energy Industry
While there were close to 30 wind companies in the beginning, by 2010 only a handful remained, most notable Florida Power and Light, Oak Creek Energy Systems, Inc., and Zond Energy, which became Enron Wind Power and is now GE Wind Energy, one of the largest producers of wind turbines in the world. In the early 2000s Tehachapi was the largest producer of wind energy and considered the “Wind Capital of the World” but in recent years the title has been challenges by major project developments
Set on the future need for skilled wind and renewable energy technicians, Airstreams Renewable Inc. provided training and education programs at their 33-acre ‘Green Corner’ Renewable Energy Training Center and Solar Industrial Park in Tehachapi. It showcases Tehachapi as the birthplace for US wind power and promotes renewable energy as sustainable alternative to oil.
The Kern Wind Energy Association was formed in 1983, with its mission to unify the wind industry in the Tehachapi-Mojave Wind Resource Area and promote an environment for wind energy business retention, growth and success.
Erected by Main Street Tehachapi, Tehachapi Heritage League, City of Tehachapi.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #39 James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. series list.
Location. 35° 7.768′ N, 118° 26.876′ W. Marker is in Tehachapi, California, in Kern County. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Tehachapi Museum (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Tehachapi Museum (here, next to this marker); Errea House (a few steps from this marker); The Kawaiisu (a few steps from this marker); Importance of Water and Creation of Brite Lake (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Explorers in the Tehachapi Area (within shouting distance of this marker); August Weferling House (within shouting distance of this marker); Real Estate Development Since The 1960s (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tehachapi.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2019, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 8, 2019, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.