Google invests $75 million in Texas wind farm

Source: BY KOLTEN PARKER, San Antonio Express • Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — Internet superpower Google announced Tuesday a $75 million investment in a wind farm in the Panhandle.

“It sure is windy in Texas. So windy, in fact, that we’ve made another wind energy investment there,” a Google rep posted to the company’s blog Tuesday.

The Carson County wind farm, located near Amarillo and named Panhandle 2, was developed by Pattern Energy Group LP and produces enough renewable energy to power 56,000 U.S. homes, according to the post.

The Panhandle 2 location, which consists of 79 turbines, is Google’s second renewable energy facility in Texas and 15th overall. The company’s goal is to operate on “100 percent renewable energy.”

Last year, Google made a $200 million investment in the Spinning Spur wind farm in Oldham County, also in the Panhandle.

The Panhandle 2 facility is expected to be in full-swing by late 2014.