Google Invests in World's Largest Wind Farm
April 19, 2011 10:40 AM
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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
, which is the project developer, and
, an early investor and turbine manufacturer as well as an operations and maintenance supplier. Other investors include
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
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
4/19/2011 5:51:28 PM
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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