Google invests $1B In Clean Tech

Google on Wednesday announced it had invested $200 million in the Spinning Spur Wind Project in Oldham County, Texas, a 161-megawatt wind farm with 70 turbines.

The equity investment brings the Internet giant’s overall portfolio of clean energy investments to over $1 billion in 11 solar and wind projects since 2010. Google also released the following infographic showing the impact of its clean energy investments. The projects Google supports will be capable of generating a collective 2 gigawatts of electricity when finished, enough to power 500,000 U.S. homes.

Spinning Spur Wind Project is located in Oldham County, a wide open, windy section of the Texas Panhandle located about 35 miles from Amarillo. The 161 megawatt facility was built by renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy, a veteran in the industry that has overseen more than 50 other clean energy projects. Spinning Spur’s 70 2.3 MW Siemens turbines started spinning full time just before the end of the year, and the energy they create has been contracted to SPS, a utility that primarily serves Texas and New Mexico.

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