The world renowned search engine giant, Google, has invested another $200 million in renewable energy solutions. The corporation has made an investment in a wind farm located in West Texas.
The farm in question is titled Spinning Spur, which is home to seventy wind turbines that are capable of generating 161 megawatts of electricity. Once generated, this amount of electricity is adept enough to power more than 60,000 homes.
The 161 megawatts may seem quite notable, but when compared to the 476 megawatts that’s required to power Google’s servers while operating at full capacity, it begins to lose connotation.
For Google, this is an investment opportunity which also offers the prospect to utilize renewable energy resources. The energy that is produced from the fore mentioned wind farms will be sourced out via contract to another utility company.
That company will then distribute the generated energy to numerous residences in the western region of Texas.
Although the power produced from said wind farms won’t be supplying Google’s server needs, they are taking advantage of alternative energy sources to electrify their corporation. According to Google’s Green Energy webpage, 30% of Google’s electricity is supplied through renewable resources.
This particular effort isn’t the search engine company’s first venture into alternative energy investment. The corporation has invested in eleven diverse renewable energy programs, totaling over one billion dollars.
These endeavors are mutually beneficial; they offer renewable energy companies to obtain large conglomerate funding while simultaneously delivering a sound return on Google’s initial investment.