Thanks to a successful collaboration between the public and private sectors, one of the largest on-shore wind farms in the world went online this week at Shepherds Flat Wind Farm near Arlington, Ore. With the support of Oregon’s elected officials at the federal, state and local levels, the project leveraged the talents and expertise of world-class partners in the energy, technology and financial services sectors to become one of the first clean energy projects to utilize the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program.
The installation is capable of generating up to 845 MW of wind energy and will eliminate approximately 1.483 million metric tons of CO2 a year – the equivalent of the annual greenhouse gas emissions from more than 212,000 passenger vehicles. The project will have an annual economic impact of $37 million for the state. It has already employed 400 workers during its construction and will employ 45 full-time workers.
The wind farm consists of more than 300 carbon reinforced fiber wind turbines spread over 30 miles in the eastern part of the state. Despite controversy and delay over funding, the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm progressed quickly for such a massive project.