In late December 2012, Google made another huge renewable energy
investment: an approximately $200 million equity investment in a wind farm in west
Texas that generates enough energy to power more than 60,000 average U.S.
Spinning Spur Wind Project is located in Oldham County, a wide
open, windy section of the Texas Panhandle located about 35 miles from Amarillo.
The 161 megawatt facility was built by renewable energy developer EDF Renewable
Energy, a veteran in the industry that has overseen more than 50 other clean
energy projects. Spinning Spur’s 70 2.3 MW Siemens turbines started spinning
full time just before the end of the year, and the energy they create has been
contracted to SPS, a utility that primarily serves Texas and New
Spinning Spur joins 10 other
renewable energy investments Google has made since 2010, several of which hit
significant milestones in the past year:
- The Atlantic
Wind Connection received permission to begin permitting, an important step
in advancing the construction of the United States’ first offshore backbone
electric transmission system (more in this new video).
Flat, one of the world’s largest wind farms with a capacity of 845 MW,
became fully operational in October.
- The Ivanpah project, which is more
than 75 percent complete and employs 2,000+ people, recently installed its
100,000th heliostat, a kind of mirror (more in this new video).
yesterday (PDF), the fourth and final phase of Recurrent Energy's 88MW solar
installation in Sacramento County, Calif., reached commercial
Altogether, the renewable energy projects that Google has invested in are capable of generating 2 gigawatts of power, or enough electricity to power:
-500,000 U.S. homes for one year...or
-ALL of the public elementary schools in New York, Oregon, and Wyoming for one year.
More information on Google's other green energy investments can be found here.
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