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Rick Needham (center) with partners Arielle Bertman and Matthew Stepka at the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm  (Source: The Official Google Blog)
Google has invested $100 million in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Arlington, Oregon

Aside from running the successful Android operating system and the world's most popular search engine, Google has been making some environmentally conscious efforts as well. Just last week, the web giant invested $168 million in the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System located in the Mojave Desert in California.

Now, Google is investing $100 million in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Arlington, Oregon. It will be joining this project with Caithness Energy, which is the project developer, and GE, an early investor and turbine manufacturer as well as an operations and maintenance supplier. Other investors include Tyr Energy and Sumitomo Corporation of America

The Shepherds Flat Wind Farm is still under construction, but is expected to be the largest wind farm in the world. Once completed, it will produce 845 megawatts of energy, which can power over 235,000 homes. 

"This project is exciting to us not only because of its size and scale, but also because it uses advanced technology," said Rick Needham, Director of Green Business Operations for Google in The Official Google Blog. "This will be the first commercial wind farm in the U.S. to deploy, at scale, turbines that use permanent magnet generators - tech-speak for evolutionary turbine technology that will improve efficiency, reliability and grid connection capabilities. Though the technology has been installed outside the U.S., it's an important, incremental step in lowering the cost of wind energy over the long term in the U.S."

The Shepherds Flat Wind Farm is expected to help benefit Oregon economically, and will also help California meet its renewable energy goals. In addition, the electricity generated at the wind farm will be sold to Southern California Edison under "long term agreements." 

The Shepherds Flat Wind Farm will be completed in 2012. 


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RE: onshore wind is deadly and doesnt make sense
By callmeroy on 4/19/2011 1:18:16 PM , Rating: 3
Well I don't buy into everything I read in supposed "studies" these days..

But I will say wind just seems stupid as an energy resource. Why? Common sense that's why -- The wind farms aren't that efficient at all at creating power and they are eye sores and space hogs.

That's why....the only thing more ridiculous is solar power.

When the day comes that solar is massively more efficient than today...THEN talk to me about clean energy.


By Ammohunt on 4/19/2011 2:46:53 PM , Rating: 2
I agree we have them in wyoming north from where i live and i have driven through the installation near Abilene Texas very intrusive.


By SPOOFE on 4/19/2011 5:42:54 PM , Rating: 2
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they are eye sores and space hogs.

I get the criticism over the lack of efficiency, but eyesores? Space hogs? It's a humongous brown barren wasteland. There's not much you can do with it, and... well, really, the whole "there's a s**t-load of land out there" aspect can't be stressed enough.


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