Monday, May 03, 2010

Google Invests $39 Million in 2 North Dakota Wind Farms

Google Inc. of Mountain View, California has invested $38.8 million in two North Dakota wind farms, the Internet giant's first direct investment in utility-scale renewable energy generation.
The wind farms were built by NextEra Energy Resources, a unit of FPL Group Inc. The wind turbines, made by General Electric Company, generate 170 megawatts of power. The projects include a 120-megawatt wind farm in Barnes County, N.D., called Ashtabula 2, pictured at right, and a 49.5-megawatt wind facility called Wilton Wind 2, in Burleigh County, N.D.

The output from the facilities, which have been operating since last year, are being sold to utilities under power purchase agreements. Electricity generated by the wind farms wouldn't be used to power any of the company's data centers. (WSJ, 5/3/2010)

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