Google just announced a $200 million equity investment in a west Texas wind farm that produces enough renewable energy to power roughly 60,000 average U.S. homes.
Spinning Spur Wind Project is located in Oldham County, a wide open, windy section of the Texas Panhandle located about 35 miles from Amarillo. The 161 megawatt facility was built by renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy, a veteran in the industry that has overseen more than 50 other clean energy projects. Spinning Spur’s 70 2.3 MW Siemens turbines started spinning full time just before the end of the year, and the energy they create has been contracted to SPS, a utility that primarily serves Texas and New Mexico.
Google also noted its Atlantic Wind Connection received permission to begin permitting, while Shepherds Flat became fully operational in October. The Ivanpah project recently installed its 100,000th heliostat, and the final phase of its Recurrent Energy’s 88MW solar installation reached commercial operation just yesterday (PDF).
Go to the official Google blog for an info-graphic on the company’s latest renewable energy investments.