Gallery: World’s Largest Wind Farm Will Be Built in Oregon


The US Department of Energy has approved the partial guarantee for a $1.3 billion loan to support the construction of the world’s largest wind farm, located in eastern Oregon. Known as the Caithness Energy LLC’s Shepherds Flat Wind Project, the renewable energy initiative will give way to a massive 845-megawatt wind-powered energy generating facility located immediately south of the Columbia River, built on approximately 32,000 acres in Gilliam and Morrow counties.

Sponsored by Caithness and General Electric (GE) Energy Financial Services, the project will consist of 338 of GE’s 2.5xl turbines, making it the first of its type to be deployed in North America. The wind farm’s construction is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1,215,991 each year – an amount equivalent to the annual output of 212,141 passenger vehicles.

Once the wind farm is complete it will sell all of its generated power to Southern California Edison under a 20-year fixed-price power purchase agreement. The Shepherds Flat Project is the largest project to ever receive an offer of conditional commitment for a loan guarantee under the Financial Institution Partnership Program (FIPP), a DOE program supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“Thanks to the Recovery Act, we are creating the clean energy jobs of the future while positioning the U.S. as a world leader in the production of renewable energy,” said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.  “This project is part of the Administration’s commitment to doubling our renewable energy generation by 2012 while putting Americans to work in communities across the country.”

+ The Department of Energy

via EERE News


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  1. copperhealer November 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Eveybody is makes claims as to the world largest or the largest in any specific country. How are they counting the size? By how many turbines? or what their “power plate” says? This field is growing daily,and it depends on who is paying for the writing as to whom is the largest. Personally as far as I am concerned this is great. For as long as the wind energy industry has been stalled by naysayers I say go for it. We are not going to get off fossil fuel with talk.

  2. China to build the Worl... October 25, 2010 at 11:48 am

    […] production of 1,000 MW. Thanet Wind Farm in the North Sea currently produces 300 MW while the largest wind farm onshore, in Oregon, produces 845 […]

  3. Milieunet October 17, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    The question is: what is Inhabitat’s world?

    Just a tiny piece of the real world i guess. This is far away form the world’s largest windfarm. You can’t be serious about that.

    Here is a windfarm just a little bit bigger with 10 GW

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