Published on September 19th, 2013 | by No Artificial0
Google Gets Into Energy Sector
The world’s largest Internet search company will buy the entire production of a Texas wind farm.
Google takes its energy use very seriously.
To reduce the environmental impact of its businesses, the company currently uses green energy to power over 34 percent of their operations.
Just recently Google announced a new plan to buy all of the output from Chermac Energy, a small, Native American-owned company, developing the 240-megawatt Happy Hereford wind farm in Texas.
This brings the Google’s total wind power stock to more than 570 megawatts, which is enough energy to power approximately 170,000 U.S. households.
Google says that “the current structure of the market” prevents it from directly using the energy produced by Happy Hereford.
For instance, in Sweden, Google can buy wind energy and use it in its Hamina, Finland data center.
Once Google buys the wind power, it says, they will sell the energy to the wholesale market and retire the energy credits, using whatever extra credits it might have to lower its carbon footprint elsewhere.
The Happy Hereford farm is currently under development by Chermac Energy, but once it goes live, by the end of 2014, the company will sell the electricity from the wind farm into the grid covering its data center in Mayes County, Oklahoma.