Google invests $200 million in Texas wind farm

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Associated Press

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 9 at 8:02 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is investing $200 million in a Texas Panhandle wind farm, the Internet search leader's latest big bet on the future alternative energy.

The Spinning Spur Wind Project is in Oldham County, Texas, about 35 miles from Amarillo. EDF Renewable Energy developed the farm, which can produce up to 161 megawatts of electricity.

The commitment to the project announced Wednesday brings Google's total investments in alternative energy to about $1.2 billion. The company has backed 11 different projects with a combined capacity to produce 2 gigawatts of electricity — enough to power about 500,000 U.S. homes for a year.

Google has been pouring money into alternative energy since 2010. It believes the investments will prove profitable as the demand for cleaner sources of power rises amid increasing concerns about the pollution caused by oil and coal.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company is consuming more power as it builds more data centers to run its Internet search engine and other online services used by more than 1 billion people throughout the world.

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