Everyone knows about Google’s search domination. Most are aware of their foray into social media and other internet-based engagements. Some know that they’ve ventured into hardware with driverless cars, nifty glasses, and various attempts at computers. What many do not realize is that Google is deeply embedded into renewable energy and has just invested in their 10th green venture, bringing the total to 10 with investments over $1 billion.
Their $200 million stake in Spinning Spur in the Texas panhandle makes 5 wind projects to match their 5 solar projects. They now have investments that can produce up to 2 gigawatts of power. That energy could power half a million homes for a year, more than enough to cover their massive server power consumption.
According to CNN:
Google announced another big renewable energy deal on Wednesday, purchasing a $200 million stake in a wind farm in west Texas. The 161 megawatt Spinning Spur Wind Project in Oldham County, Texas, generates enough energy to power more than 60,000 homes, the search giant said. Its 70 turbines are located in a particularly windy section of the Texas Panhandle and began spinning full-time in the last few weeks of 2012.
They hope to have better luck than the US government has had in green investments.
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