Google makes deal with wind farm developer

Google has agreed to buy the entire 240 MW output of a wind farm outside Amarillo, Tex, Alistair Barr from USA Today reports. The wind farm is currently owned by a small, Native American firm called Chermac Energy and is expected to start producing energy in late 2014.

This is Google’s fifth long-term energy agreement of this nature and its largest so far. The company has contracts for more than 570 MW of wind energy, enough to power about 170,000 houses.

Google, which needs large amounts of energy to run its data centers, is making an effort to get its power from renewable sources. The largest Internet search company in the world can’t use the energy from the Amarillo wind farm directly in its data centers, but it gets credit for the renewable energy and sells the energy to the wholesale market. In 2010, Google acquired a license to trade energy on the wholesale market, which allows the company to buy in bulk.

-Bill O’Leary

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