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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 JediJeb on 4/19/2011 3:13:10 PM , Rating: 2
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440,000 dead birds per year because of wind farms. 500,000,000 dead birds per year because of domestic cats.


There must be a very large number of dead birds in China because a recent estimate for birds killed by wind power in the US is between 10,000-40,000 per year. That is no where near 440,000.

If that number is over exaggerated, then how much else you listed is also?


By SPOOFE on 4/19/2011 5:51:28 PM , Rating: 3
The number itself doesn't tell the whole story.

Cats are all over. That means the birds they kill are also from all over.

Wind farms are in one place. That means the birds they kill are also in one place.

Killing 100,000 animals in one local environment is not nearly equivalent to killing 100,000 animals across the entire country or continent. We're talking orders of magnitude differences in terms of impact.


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