Google Invests In Wind Energy, Again

Internet titan Google continues its recent trend of clean energy investments as it was announced its energy subsidiary will be purchasing more renewable energy from NextEra Energy Resources. This time, Google Energy will be purchasing 100.8 megawatts of clean, renewable energy from NextEra Energy Resources’ Minco II wind farm, which is currently under development in Grady and Caddo counties in Oklahoma.

This is the second power purchase agreement between the two companies. Last July, then newly formed Google Energy made its first purchase when it bought 114 megawatts of wind-generated power from NextEra’s Story II wind farm in Iowa.

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Minco II will be comprised of 63 GE 1.6-megawatt wind turbines and is expected to be operational by the end of 2011. The first Minco wind farm has been in operation since 2010 and cranks out 99.2 megawatts of power using 62 1.6-megawatt turbines. NextEra has other wind turbines spinning in Oklahoma, too. The company says that it currently has over 300 wind turbines generating energy in the state.

This move by Google is just the latest major clean energy related investment the company has made in recent weeks. The run of activity began in mid March when Google Ventures invested in CoolPlantetBiofuels.  Then, just last week, Google invested $168 million in the Ivanpah solar power project, which is dubbed to be the largest solar farm in the world. Immediately following the Ivanpah investment, Google made its first overseas clean energy investment when it put $5 million into a German solar facility. Then, most recently, the company added its support for the 845 megawatt Shepherds Flat facility-currently being called the largest wind farm in the world-to the tune of $100 million.