SALEM, Ore. -- A new wind farm has won approval in Oregon.
The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council on Friday approved a site certificate for the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Gilliam and Morrow counties.
The farm sitting on private land will host 303 wind turbines and the largest single wind farm in the world.
The 909-megawatt facility will double Oregon's current wind operating capacity, officials said.
"We have taken a large step toward meeting Governor Kulongoski's climate change goals by developing clean, renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions," Michael Grainey, Director of the Oregon Department of Energy, said.
The farm will employ 250 to 300 people during construction and have up to 25 operational jobs.
"This is a boost to economic development in rural Oregon," Grainey said.
The largest currently operating wind farm in the U.S. is Horse Hollow in Texas.