Google Buys 20 Years Worth of Wind Farm Energy

Posted by: Micah Pratt

In recent years, Google has built its image around its environmentally conscious stance. Now, it has purchased clean energy from wind turbines to become more energy efficient. Here is an article from about Google’s recent contract with an Iowa farm that will help it decrease its carbon footprint.

Google Buys 20 Years’ Worth of Wind Farm Energy

Google has just signed a contract with an Iowa wind farm to purchase clean energy at a set rate for the next 20 years.

This move is in keeping with Google’s strong environmental stance; with specific regard to energy consumption and wind-generated energy, the company has been championing PowerMeter and has invested $38 million in wind farms this year alone.

In fact, Google gained the ability to buy and sell electricity like any other public utility in February in order to achieve its goals for carbon neutrality and more efficient energy use in its massive data centers. This Power Purchase Agreement is the first deal brokered under the auspices of Google Energy.

On the official Google blog, Google’s SVP Operations Urs Hoelzle wrote, “On July 30 we will begin purchasing the clean energy from 114 megawatts of wind generation at the NextEra Energy Resources Story County II facility in Iowa at a predetermined rate for 20 years… This power is enough to supply several data centers.”

The company’s long-term commitment will generate a significant amount of capital for NextEra to develop more wind projects.