Google is just $10 million dollars short of having invested $1 billion into clean power projects. On Thursday Google announced that it’s put another $75 million into a wind farm in Iowa, bringing its total funds invested in clean energy projects to $990 million.
The Iowa wind farm — called the Rippey Wind Farm and located in Greene County — is owned by RPM Access and its 20 turbines are already online, with a capacity to produce 50 MW of wind power (enough to power 15,000 homes). The power will be bought by Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO).
Google has a data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and has already invested in other clean power projects in the region as well, including a 114 MW wind farm in Iowa owned by NextEra Energy Resources. Google is investing in clean power projects because it wants to use more clean power for its data centers — the search engine giant plans to have about a third of the power for its data centers come directly from clean power.
Once Google invests in a clean power project, its a tricky move to actually get that power used directly for its data center. Google has often said that it’s making these investments partly to get a return over time on the investment. But a couple months ago, for the first time, Google said it will buy clean energy from a utility in Oklahoma to directly power one of its data centers in Oklahoma.
Here’s some of Google’s clean power investments:
Here are most of Google’s clean power investments to date: