Google, Japanese invest $500 million in wind farm (corrected)

Apr 18, 2011
A wind turbine. Google and the subsidiaries of two Japanese companies are investing $500 million in a wind farm being built in the northwestern US state of Oregon.

Google and the subsidiaries of two Japanese companies are investing $500 million in a wind farm being built in the northwestern US state of Oregon.

Google said in a blog post Monday it was investing $100 million in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm, expected to be the largest in the world when it is completed in 2012.

said the wind farm is intended to produce 845 megawatts of energy, enough to power more than 235,000 homes.

Co-investors in the $2 billion project are Sumitomo Corp. of America, a subsidiary of Japan's Sumitomo Corporation, and Tyr Energy, a subsidiary of Japan's ITOCHU Corp.

General Electric unit GE Energy Financial Services and developer Caithness Energy are among the other owners of the wind farm under construction near Arlington, Oregon.

"The new investors contribute a wealth of energy expertise, innovation and strong financial profiles to the landmark Shepherds Flat wind farm project," Les Gelber, a partner at Caithness Energy, said in a statement.

Google said the electricity produced at Shepherds Flat will be sold to Southern California Edison.

The Mountain View, California-based Internet company said the Shepherds Flat investment brings Google's total investment in clean energy to more than $350 million.

Google last month announced it has invested $168 million to help complete the construction of one of the world's biggest solar energy in California's .

"We remain on the lookout for more projects that make business sense and will help all of us take advantage of clean, renewable ," Rick Needham, Google's director of green business operations said.

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GaryCrispin
5 / 5 (2) Apr 18, 2011
There is an error in the title
Glyndwr
2 / 5 (4) Apr 18, 2011
I noticed how they build all these developments on what was native american land and dont at least have the courtesy of giving it a native name in respect....but no the whole world is conforming to anglicisation *yawn*
rgharakh
not rated yet Apr 18, 2011
$500 billion woah haha 4 times what google is worth.
SteveL
4.5 / 5 (2) Apr 18, 2011
Now, for what they don't tell you.... There are already wind farms in Oregon that at times produce more than the transmission network can handle, so they have to open the circuits from the wind farms to protect their transmission networks.

http://blogs.forb...rthwest/
Despite that this article implies about "potentially" opening the circuits - it's already been happening. This is one of the issues with the way the deregulation of the power industry was set up. It's like no one is responsible for improving the transmission lines. Just their own distribution grid. New sources of energy, especially variable energy sources are difficult to absorb.
The US needs to invest in a fault-tolerant and redundant national HVDC grid so that this energy can be transmitted and shared across the nation and internationally between sources and loads.
bfast
Apr 18, 2011
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Occupodies
not rated yet Apr 19, 2011
I noticed how they build all these developments on what was native american land and dont at least have the courtesy of giving it a native name in respect....but no the whole world is conforming to anglicisation *yawn*


Because names are more important than actions. GTFO
Husky
not rated yet Apr 19, 2011
well , if you giuve it a indian name, some lawyer will use it to cement a claim on "behalf"of the natives to fill his own pockets, or drumcircles will sprout up there and dreamcatchers be hung from the turbines, sucking up all the americans dreams fot hope and change.
Bog_Mire
not rated yet Apr 19, 2011
well, that would be kind of karma for ya, wouldn't it?
SteveL
5 / 5 (1) Apr 19, 2011
I noticed how they build all these developments on what was native american land and dont at least have the courtesy of giving it a native name in respect....but no the whole world is conforming to anglicisation *yawn*

Every single thing in the Americas is built on what was once Native American lands. Had it not been the western Europeans who came to the Americas it would have been someone. Also, over the last several years certain groups of Native Americans have been protesting the use of Native American names for sports teams, projects and locations. You'll never please everyone.
SteveL
not rated yet Apr 19, 2011
Hasn't google heard, wind farms are obsolete. see wikipedia entry "energy catalyzer" or check out http://www.nickelpower.org

Wind farms are a perfectly viable source of energy and just one of the elements that make up a sustainable energy grid. Yes, there are still improvements to be made to make wind-powered generation safer and more effecient. All sources of energy could use some improvements and wind energy technology is here now. What is really needed is a viable policy for improving and maintaining the transmission network, significant investment in energy storage techniques and viable policies and standards which encourage microproduction.
ABSOLUTEKNOWLEDGE
2 / 5 (4) Apr 19, 2011
wind turbines:) technology from the 1800s

while finally a real man italian ADREA ROSSI is in production of its cold fusion devices as u read this

are u ready for the real deal?
or still had in the sad? or in the wind ?
kaasinees
2 / 5 (2) Apr 19, 2011
lol, cold fusion. get real dude.
bfast
Apr 19, 2011
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SteveL
not rated yet Apr 19, 2011
Went to your nicklepower hyperlink. It's a sales pitch and shy of technical or comparative information. And it still uses fuel.
Shootist
1 / 5 (1) Apr 24, 2011
I noticed how they build all these developments on what was native american land and dont at least have the courtesy of giving it a native name in respect....but no the whole world is conforming to anglicisation *yawn*


Silly, how some people divide seek to divide.

All land was once another's. Why is this land any different?
Shootist
1 / 5 (1) Apr 24, 2011
Wind farms are a perfectly viable source of energy and just one of the elements that make up a sustainable energy grid.


Too brittle. 100 1GW fission plants will do everything North America needs.
Buyck
not rated yet Apr 24, 2011
I hope its the beginning of a revolution! America have to invest much much more!!! Its way to little at this moment! Go for zero CO2.