Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Google planning to use wind energy to power data centres

Google Incorporated's energy unit entered a deal with NextEra Energy Inc to buy wind power for the next 20 years to power Google's data centres, Reuters reported. The deal came less than three months after Google invested 38.8 million US dollars in two wind farms in North Dakota, developed by NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc. The farms generate enough energy to power more than 55,000 homes.

In late 2007, the company said that it would invest in companies and do research of its own to produce affordable renewable energy at a price less than burning coal - within a few years. The company's Google Energy unit, formed in December, allows the company to buy large volumes of renewable energy from the wholesale power market.

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