We've previously reported on the increase in renewable energy projects in California, such as Southern California Edison's ("SCE") Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project. When it comes to wind farms, General Electric now takes the cake: it has brokered a $1.4 billion contract to supply wind turbines and services for a wind farm that would be larger than any wind farm currently in operation in the world.
According to a December 10 Bloomberg article GE Wins $1.4 Billion Order for Oregon Wind Farm, the 338-turbine wind farm will stretch across 30 square miles in Oregon, and will help the slumping economy by providing 400 jobs during construction. With GE already obtaining most of the necessary government permits, the two-year construction project is set to begin in 2010, and will require building 85 miles of road and 90 miles of power lines.
What does this mean for California? The wind farm will provide enough clean energy power to power approximately 235,000 California households, and it will supply a tenth of SCE's renewable energy.
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