The Caithness Shepherds Flat wind farm in Oregon, with a power capacity of 845MW, is the largest onshore wind project. It's not online yet. It just received a $1.3 billion loan guarantee from the DoE (the highest amount ever for a wind project, and the second largest.) It's also General Electric's largest turbine order in its history, with a price tag of $1.48 billion.
To keep things in perspective, it's a loan guarantee, not a loan, not a grant. Others are providing the money, and the DOE will pay the lenders only if Abengoa defaults on its loan. So far the DOE hasn't given any money to anybody.
That being said, $1.45 billion for 250MW is expensive compared to the other big DOE loan guarantee a week earlier of $1.3 billion for a 845MW wind project (the largest in the world so far).
This is great for green jobs! Hundreds in construction for a few years, and hundreds more permanent jobs when it's in operation.
The BLS just published its official definition of a green job a few weeks ago (Sept. 23). The definition divides green jobs in 2 categories:
- Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.
- Jobs in which workers' duties involve making their establishment's production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.
The full and detailed definitions of these 2 categories are available on my website at http://www.thegreenjobbank.com/stories/us-bureau-of-labor-statistics-publishes-definition-of-green-jobs.
As part of the same project, the BLS is also in the process of surveying businesses to "count" green jobs.