Giant wind farm unveiled in Mojave Desert

One of the world's largest wind farms is being unveiled on a gusty ridge in the Mojave Desert.

Terra-Gen Power plans a ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday on the Alta Wind Energy Center in Mojave, about 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Dozens of wind turbines already are operating near the Kern County site.

When it's completed in 2015, the center will have more than 600 wind turbines producing 1,550 megawatts of electricity - enough power for hundreds of thousands of homes.

Southern California Edison will buy the power.

The project is one of several large renewable energy projects under way in the U.S.

Last year, a wind farm with 627 turbines began operations in west Texas. It generates more than 781 megawatts of electricity.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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