United States : WIND-POWER Agreement contracted by Google [TendersInfo …

October 7, 2012 by  
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An agreement was announced by Google regarding purchase of electricity from a Grand River Dam Authority wind farm under construction. 48 megawatts of wind power will be pruchased by search engine giant from GRDA s interest in the 300-megawatt, 135 turbines Canadian Hills wind farm near El Reno, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year and will be Oklahoma s largest wind farm.

Gary Demasi, director of Google s global infrastructure team, says, In conjunction with the electricity GRDA already supplies Google to operate its data center, Google will pay GRDA a premium to purchase renewable energy generated by Canadian Hills. This brings the total amount of renewable energy for which Google has contracted to over 260 megawatts.

Data center in northeastern Oklahoma will be operated by use the electricity. A deal with NextEra Energy Resources was sontracted by Googleto buy electricity directly from NextEra s Minco II Wind Energy Center in Grady and Caddo counties.

30 percent of its worldwide data center electricity, Google, uses renewable energy. The company can t use renewable energy around the clock because data centers need to be operational 24 hours a day.

GRDA chief executive officer Dan Sullivan adds: Google s long and demonstrated commitment to renewable energy, combined with their significant and growing presence within our service area, has been an important factor in GRDA s pursuit of renewables, as exemplified by this agreement. In addition to increasing Google s access to renewable energy, we are also offsetting part of GRDA s wind acquisition cost through the premium Google has agreed to pay. We are pleased to pass the savings along to Oklahomans, and we re proud to pioneer this innovative structure with one of our largest customers.

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