Google buys Texas wind farm

Source: Collin Eaton, Fuel Fix, Sept. 17 • Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013

In its latest and largest energy-industry venture so far, Google is purchasing the output of a future North Texas wind farm.

The new facility will produce roughly half the amount of Google’s current renewable power generation.

Google announced on its official blog yesterday that the company made a deal with Chermac Energy Corp. for a 240-megawatt wind farm near Amarillo, Texas.

The purchase puts Google closer to its goal of running its large data centers solely on renewable energy, although it doesn’t have a specific timeline for achieving the goal.

“It’s an aspirational goal that we put a tremendous amount of effort and funding behind,” said Gary Demasi, Google’s director of global infrastructure.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Google has become an increasingly significant player in energy outside of the industry and big banks with more than $1 billion in renewable energy investments since 2010.

The wind farm is expected to go online by the end of 2014 and will generate power for an electric grid in Oklahoma that serves one of Google’s data centers (Collin Eaton, Fuel Fix, Sept. 17