SHEPHERDS FLAT

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PROJECT SUMMARY

In December 2010, the Department of Energy issued a $1.3 billion partial loan guarantee under the Financial Institution Partnership Program (FIPP) to finance Shepherds Flat, an 845-MW wind power generation project located in eastern Oregon. It reached full commercial operations in November 2012.

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION

Shepherds Flat introduces proven commercial wind turbine technology from abroad to the United States. The technology in use at Shepherds Flat has already successfully recorded nearly 1.4 million operating hours at many commercial projects worldwide, but had not previously been in use domestically. Shepherds Flat is one of the world’s largest wind farms, proving that onshore wind energy projects can be deployed in the U.S. at large scale.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

Shepherds Flat created 400 construction jobs and is expected to support 45 permanent jobs.

CLIMATE BENEFIT

Shepherds Flat is expected to generate 1,800,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy each year. It is expected to prevent 1,000,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

 

PROJECT STATISTICS: SHEPHERDS FLAT

PROJECT SUMMARY

Owner Caithness Energy LLC
Locations Gilliam County & Morrow County, Oregon
FINANCIAL SUMMARY Loan Program Title XVII
Loan Type Partial Loan Guarantee
Loan Amount 1 $1.3 Billion
Issuance Date December 2010
ENERGY SUMMARY Operation Status Operating
Generation Capacity 845 MW
Projected Annual Generation 2 1,800,000 MWh
ECONOMIC IMPACT Permanent U.S. Jobs Supported 45
U.S. Construction Jobs Supported 3 400
CLIMATE BENEFIT CO2 Emissions Prevented Annually 1,000,000 Metric Tons
NOTES

All information up-to-date as of Juner 2017.

1 Approximate amount of the loan facility approved at closing including principal and any capitalized interest.

2 Calculated using the project's and NREL Technology specific capacity factors. For cases in which NREL's capacity factors do not encompass project's specific design and operation, project specific capacity factors are used.

3 Estimated at the time of closing.

 

PROJECT PHOTOS

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