Google Makes Another Giant Green Energy Investment

Google Green Wind EnergyIn 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. homes.

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 Mexico.

Spinning Spur joins 10 other renewable energy investments Google has made since 2010, several of which hit significant milestones in the past year:

Altogether, the renewable energy projects that Google has invested in are capable of generating 2 gigawatts of power, or enough electricity to power:
Google Wind Farms
-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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