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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: I wonder
By JediJeb on 4/19/2011 2:48:56 PM , Rating: 2
Government investing in the R&D of these technologies makes sense, but government subsidizing the installation of these systems before they have matured just for the sake of installing them does not.

Any company who is installing large solar or wind systems just for the tax write off even if it really doesn't impact their energy budget are only gaming the system and sucking tax revenue out of more important things like getting rid of our debt. I am ok with government financing the Research, but let commercial groups handle installing the working systems when the technology is mature enough to support itself.


RE: I wonder
By Iaiken on 4/19/2011 3:24:46 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
I am ok with government financing the Research


With what money? People want government financing and grants for the advancement of these things, but don't want taxes.

As long as people are paying taxes so the government can service interest payments on the artificial wealth of private central banks, those people are slaves to the private central bank.

1. Realize that the Federal Reserve is not Federal and has only a 10% fractional reserve.
2. Remove the central banks exclusive control over the money supply.
3. Force the banks to gradually reach 100% reserve banking.
4. Open the banks to federal oversight and audits to enforce the above.
5. Gradually print money to retire the debt, allow banks to grow their reserves and facilitate trade.

The control of the money supply belongs in the hands of congress and the taxpayers; not some private, for-profit enterprise that has never been audited.

Did you know that for every $1 in bonds that congress creates and is credited for by the Federal Reserve, another $9 in fictitious credit can be extended to the private banks? Say nine banks each get one of these $1 credits, they can then each create $9 in fictitious credit themselves? So the one real dollar from the bond must then service $81 of fictional credit, plus interest. The answer? MOAR DEBT!!! :P

Most every issue we complain about; taxes, energy, inflation, employment, are all just smokescreens that hide the real problem; the absence of control over the money supply. Read the detailed history of the greenback and weep for it's tragic death at the hands of the international banks and our enslavement by compound interest.


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