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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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By EricMartello on 4/19/2011 2:16:32 PM , Rating: 1
So... do you still think that producing nuclear power is "clean and cheap"?


We will be remembered as the generation that exchanged 70 years of "clean and cheap" electricity for 25,000 years of nuclear waste (not taking into consideration health hazards and nuclear disasters).

We may also be remembered as the generation that allowed liberals to contribute their worthless points of view to political and social issues that affect the world.

What about fossil fuels? Well... in my opinion we should stop using them as soon as possible, or at least find a substitute for plastics before we burn all the darn petroleum on Earth.

We can always burn liberals for fuel when we're out of dino oil.

So, again... is wind farm electricity such a bad idea?

Yes, it's a terrible idea. It wastes space, it does not deliver consistent power and it is EXPENSIVE to maintain and operate.

If it's the birds that you're worried about, ban domestic cats.

You thought you were being clever by showing "stats" about birds being killed by house cats, but you fail to indicate the TYPE of birds. Cats are usually going after small birds like sparrows, maybe pigeons or robins. Wind farms are laying waste to ENDANGERED species of birds like falcons, hawks and addition to being an eyesore.

If its the whole f*cking world you're worried about: going "cleaner" is the way to go.
Say wind farm, solar… whatever, but what's certainly true is that we have to continue working on cleaner and more efficient energy sources and ways to store it.

This "energy crisis" we keep hearing about doesn't really exist. It is largely propaganda...but that aside, using less energy would probably be a good first step.

Unless the ITER program is successful... nuclear power is NOT the way to go.

Nuclear power is the best form of power generation we have. The leftover waste can be dealt with and storing it doesn't take up nearly as much space as a fail wind farm.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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