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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 Iaiken on 4/19/2011 2:57:00 PM , Rating: 5
Two people that were working in the Fukushima plant have been fund dead because of radiation poisoning. Their bodies have been left there.

Strike one! The two workers died of blood loss due to substantial physical injuries sustained during the original March 11th earthquake. Both had been missing for almost a month by the time they were found in an area where they would have been capable of seeking help if they were able. This means they were either killed instantly, pinned, knocked unconscious or injured so severely that they couldn't seek help.

They could be used to produce "dirty" bombs.

Strike two! They tested a large dirty bomb and found that it ONLY posed a significant health risk if the people present for the original blast remained there for one full year. Any cleanup efforts or people moving around quickly eroded the risks to practically zero. Even something as simple as going home, throwing out your clothes and taking a shower would be enough to reduce the risks to negligible. The real damage would come in the form of the terror it would inspire in the masses that remain ignorant to these facts to this day.

This is also know as privatizing the earnings and socializing the losses, or the realistic way of saying it: rich people get the money, the rest of us pay for their wrongdoings.

Strike three! Remind me again what just happened on Wall Street these last few years? The banks took on exorbitant risks protected only by a small amount of insured reserve capital and the government had to step in and bail them out. In many cases, the banks that survived actually wound up making money on both the housing crash and the subsequent market retraction. Many wound up using the "bail out" in order to make acquisitions, pillage them for pennies on the dollar and use their plundering to pay back the government. Where is the moral outrage over these injustices?

RE: onshore wind is deadly and doesnt make sense
By Smartless on 4/19/2011 3:23:04 PM , Rating: 2
Uh maybe they wanted to make a real Gozilla?

By marvdmartian on 4/20/2011 8:13:23 AM , Rating: 2
by Smartless on April 19, 2011 at 3:23 PM
Uh maybe they wanted to make a real Gozilla?

I'm sure you meant to type Go d zilla.....or, as they say in Japan, GODZIRRA!!!!! ;)

For the life of me, I cannot figure out why no one has thought to build a wind farm around the outskirts of Washington DC. Certainly, it HAS to be the biggest source of hot wind generated on Earth!!

By Smartless on 4/20/2011 3:50:51 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks that was a typo. In any case, I think in Japan it was Gojira which makes a hill of beans difference. Sorry don't mean to be nitpicky but when I stopped to think about it, I thought of the crappy American version and laughed.

Speaking of hill of beans, no a windfarm in DC wouldn't be as efficient as methane gathering. We know they're talking through their @ss anyway.

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