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Getting Charged Up Over Windmills

March 16, 1997

Palm Springs visitors can now tour the area's famous windmills aboard suitable vehicles: electric bicycles and golf carts powered by batteries charged by the mills.

The thousands of windmills on the foothills of the San Gorgonio Pass are familiar sights to highway travelers--viewed from afar. But an up-close look is offered by EV Adventures, which since last month has run daily, 1 1/2-hour tours of the private Wintec Inc. wind farm off Interstate 10.

On the 3 1/2-mile trip, visitors learn about local geology and the history of alternative energy and view early (1981) and new windmills, according to Mike Tyler, one of four partners in EV Adventures. The cost is $18 for adults; youth, senior and group rates are available. Reservations: tel. (619) 360-5605.

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