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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 heffeque on 4/23/2011 9:48:22 AM , Rating: 2
I'll take a few of the negative votes as a "truth hurts" way of seeing reality, and that reality is that nuclear is neither clean neither safe.

Some people don't like the fact that I actually showed them true cases of why (traditional) nuclear plants should be avoided and phased out.

Some of them might think that by voting down the truth disappears, but the facts are there, you like them or not.

Responsible governments are starting to realize that and are actually going to phase out their nuclear plants (Germany and Switzerland) others that were planing on building new ones are actually taking a step back to rethink if it's actually a good idea anymore (Italy and Spain).

Better safe than sorry, or at least that's what some responsible governments think is best for their country.

It's a brave thing to do: publicly admit that their point of view on nuclear plants was wrong and that they're going to do whatever is possible to keep the country safe and clean.

By heffeque on 4/23/2011 9:59:51 AM , Rating: 2
Also... this goes for the UK too:

Documents show BP's involvement in oil exploration plans in Iraq a year before the invasion:

I'm pretty sure you won't see that on Fox News any time soon.

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