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.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.