On a recent trip to Pioche, we drove to the top of Mount Wilson to see where the backers of the Wilson Creek Wind Project propose to install 373 windmills — each on a 300-foot tower with rotor blades 330 feet in diameter.
The smooth, well-maintained gravel switchback road to the top of 9,300-foot Mount Wilson reminded me of a miniature Pikes Peak.
Here are a few photos:
Not only would windmills be planted on Mount Wilson, but also on the peaks north of it in the Wilson Creek Range. Photo by Jo Mitchell
Imagine the damage that could be caused in such forested areas if a windmill malfunctioned and threw off sparks, as has been known to happen. Photo by Jo Mitchell
This is atop the mountain now. Barely a speck at the end of the winding road. Photo by Jo Mitchell
You intrepid blogger at the end of the road. Photo by Jo Mitchell