Google has signed a deal to buy all of the output from the 240 MW Happy Hereford wind project, located outside Amarillo, Texas.
In an official blog post, Matt Pfile, Google's senior manager of data center energy and location strategy, explains the company entered the power purchase agreement with Chermac Energy, a Native American-owned developer in Oklahoma. The project is slated to be operational in late 2014 and will supply energy to the Southwest Power Pool grid, which serves the company's data center in Oklahoma.
"Due to the current structure of the market, we can't consume the renewable energy produced by the wind farm directly, but the impact on our overall carbon footprint and the amount of renewable energy on the grid is the same as if we could consume it," explains Pfile in the blog post. "After purchasing the renewable energy, we'll retire the renewable energy credits (RECs) and sell the energy itself to the wholesale market. We'll apply any additional RECs produced under this agreement to reduce our carbon footprint elsewhere."
Pfile notes that this wind PPA is Google's fifth and biggest long-term commitment to date, and the company has now signed up for a total 570 MW of wind power.
In March, a Google spokesperson talked with NAW about the company's wind-procurement ambitions. To read that article, click HERE.