Google has done a lot to make its operations greener (although still without publishing details of its own emissions or reduction targets) but a couple of weeks ago the company announced (via a blog post) its first direct investment in a renewable energy project.
The company has invested $38.8m in two wind farms developed by NextEra Energy Resources. Located in North Dakota, they generate 169.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 55,000 homes.
The project apparently uses some of the latest wind turbine technology and control systems, making it one of the lowest-cost sources of renewable energy to the local grid. The turbines can continuously adjust the blade pitch angles to maximise efficiency and there is also remote 24/7 monitoring and operation control systems.
Google’s aim is to help “accelerate the deployment of the latest clean energy technology while providing attractive returns to Google and more capital for developers to build additional projects”.