Who is going to pay for the additional transmission capability to get the power out of the region? (where Google wants to build their wind farm) Currently there are times when the region has too much power. Under those conditions, they either turn off some of the turbines or release dam water over the spillways instead of through the generating turbines, which harms the fish runs.
Much of the power generated by wind is earmarked for markets in California, which is fine unless you can't get it there.
Article from FastCompany says, Wind farms are pretty useless. I have to agree with many of their comments. Google should invest the money somewhere else.
First, investing in the solar-thermal and now the wind farm...great initiative by Google to promote the renewable energy! Is there any business objective which might be driving Google to aggressively invest in the green power generation within a short span in recent past?
This is very cool for the local economy there. I grew up in that area when the sole 'industries' were farming, the railroad and a mobile home factory. It hasn't changed all that much; this could induce some of us that left for a technical career to return.