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Google to energize its Oklahoma data center with wind power

Google signed an agreement with utility Grand River Dam Authority to get electricity from the wind for one of its data centers in Oklahoma.

The 48 megawatts of wind power capacity, to be developed and operated by Grand River, will provide electricity for Google’s Mayes County data center from the Canadian Hills Wind project in west central Oklahoma.

According to Grand River, the agreement is a milestone for both companies as it’s the first time that Google worked directly with a utility provider to expand its renewable energy consumption, while it is also the first time for Grand River to have a wind energy power purchase agreement.

The Canadian Hills wind project is expected to go online later this year.

Discussions for the project began in February 2012 when Grand River proposed a power purchase agreement for a wind project to Google.

"At Google, we pursue innovative approaches to power our operations with renewable energy," said Urs Hoelzle, senior vice president for technical infrastructure at the Internet giant.

"We've been working closely with all of our utility partners to find ways to make this happen, and we believe this project will be the first of many utility partnerships to deliver renewable energy to our facilities," he added.

The “green” data center is part of Google’s Green initiative where it aims to fuel the company with 100 percent renewable energy. Meanwhile, the company’s data centers use only half of the energy consumed by conventional data centers, which has delivered billions of energy cost savings and reductions in carbon emissions.

“In addition to the environmental benefits, we see renewable energy as a business opportunity and continue to invest in accelerating its development. We believe that by powering the web with renewable energy, we're creating a better future for everyone,” said Google. – EcoSeed Staff

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