Google Invests $100M in (Another!) Wind Farm

Google’s investments in clean power are now rivaling that of stand alone clean energy investors. The search engine giant has invested $100 million in the world’s largest wind farm under construction in Oregon. With this investment, Google has put more than $350 million into clean power.

Southern California Edison Signs 900MW Wind Deal

California utilities continue to snap up large clean energy contracts in preparation for the state’s aggressive renewable portfolio standard. Today, Southern California Edison announced it has signed a 20-year contract for 909 megawatts of wind power from DCE, an affiliate of Caithness Energy. The electricity will come from Caithness Shepherd’s Flat, where some 303 wind turbines are going up across 30 square miles in Gilliam and Morrow Counties in North Central Oregon. The farm is scheduled to come on-line between 2011 and 2012, and the contract will provide SCE with more than 10 percent of its total renewable power, the companies say.

Last year, renewables made up 16 percent of SCE’s total portfolio, and the utility has other massive wind-power contracts lined up that could boost that percentage even further. Back in 2006, the utility signed a contract with Alta Windpower Development for 1,500 megawatts of wind energy — at the time, the largest wind energy contract in the U.S. The farm is slated to cover 50 square miles in the Tehachapi area of California. However, progress on the project has been slow. SCE tells us it has only recently broken ground on the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission project, which will eventually bring power from the Alta wind farm to market. SCE says the first three (of 11) segments of the transmission project are scheduled to start delivering power from a number of wind projects in the area during 2009. Read More about Southern California Edison Signs 900MW Wind Deal

BerryCasting lives with Sona media player for BlackBerry

SonamobilevideoplayerblackberryJust two short months ago (to the day, no less) we mentioned Sona’s media player for Blackberry devices; looks like the berry is ripe for the pickin’ because Sona’s player is ready for harvest. Some folks are already adding to their Blackberry addiction as evidenced by screenshots and a review of the new Blackberry Media Player from Sona. Lucky for all of us, only those addicted to the Blackberry 7130e and 8100 can add the player. Hmm…now that I think about it, the Blackberry PR folks were supposed to get us a unit way back when. Hey, we want in on the streaming too!

(via I4U)


5 Years For Nation Wide WiFi

In five years, most major metros and suburbs will have ubiquitous Wi-Fi based broadband coverage says Chuck Haas, the co-founder and chief executive officer of MetroFi, a Mountain View, Calif.,-based start-up that is rolling out metro wireless networks. He thinks most metros and suburban areas in the US will be WiFi hot-zones, by end of the decade.
Chuck, made this remarks during a panel discussion today at The Kelsey Group’s Drilling Down on Local (Search) conference down in San Jose earlier today. The panel pondered the big question – Is The Broadband Juggernaut: Slowing Down or Speeding Up? Hass, was on this panel alongside Brian Jurutka from research firm comScore, David Payne of EarthLink Municipal Networks and your truly.
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