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Google's Investment In 'The Largest Wind Farm In The World'

     
6:08 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Google's Investment In 'The Largest Wind Farm In The World' [googleblog.blogspot.com]
We recently invested approximately $100 million in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm, anticipated to be the largest wind farm in the world. Shepherds Flat is currently under construction near windy Arlington, Ore., and when completed in 2012 will produce 845 MW of energy. That’s a lot of wind—enough to power more than 235,000 homes.

This project is exciting to us not only because of its size and scale, but also because it uses advanced technology. 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.

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845 MW ..impressive ..we are getting an offshore one about 6 kms out and covering 190sq km, output estimated at 500 MW in the bay where I live..completion date is later than 2012 though ..probably 2015.
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Thought for a second that Google had hired a bunch of new PR flacks to "explain" that the Panda update is not a disaster for the web and specifically for some of Google's competitors.

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...when completed in 2012 will produce 845 MW of energy.


I'm hoping this isn't a press release. Google needs to find a new Director of Green Business Operations. MW is not a measure of energy, it's a measure of capacity.

Energy is produced or consumed over time (kWh or MWh), so a plant with 845MW of capacity can produce 845 MWh of energy in one hour.

It's kind of scary that Google makes this $100M investment and really doesn't understand the business.

[edited by: BillyS at 10:38 pm (utc) on Apr 18, 2011]

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Generating capacity will be 845 megawatts, producing an estimated 2 billion kW·h each year, enough to provide electricity to 235,000 homes.


The above is from a GE release...

BTW, the capacity factor is 27%. That is to say, if the units were all working at full load for an entire year, they could produce 7.4 billion kWh. Enough energy for nearly a million homes. :)
 

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