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Google goes Green, Again

Google stated via one of its official blogs that it has invested in two wind farms built by NextEra Energy Resources, which together will provide 170MW of wind energy capacity. This signals a widening of the company’s green investment strategy.  It has in recent years provided funding for a number of renewable energy start-ups such as eSolar. Google’s set-up and servers use a lot of energy so there is a method in their madness.

These new wind farms are expected to make use of cutting edge turbine technologies. This includes the use of control systems that can monitor output from each turbine and  adjust blade angles to improve efficiency. 

Google has  earlier made a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to allow it to buy and sell electricity on the wholesale market. It seems the search engine giant will be a significant player on the US West coast energy grid in the future if not further afield.

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  1. May 18, 2010 at 17:43

    Our number one priority is to help people manage energy better. The disaster in the Gulf is growing by the day and we have to find ways to lessen the need for oil to reduce the probability of this happening again.

    I think it is great that Google might have invested in a Wind Farm to power some(?) of it’s servers. I applaud their efforts their as well as their efforts to provide a collaborative environment where multiple people can work on one document or project rather than storing it on multiple hard drives and e-mailing it back and forth. Now, if the business community would further embrace the idea that information workers don’t have to drive to work every day and that the net gain of that needless energy loss is easily within our reach. That net impact could be pretty staggering.

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