The power purchase agreement will provide Google with the full output of the 201 MW Great Western Wind Project located in Woodward and Ellis counties near the base of the Oklahoma panhandle. The project will commence construction in the first quarter of 2016 and be fully operational by end of the year.
The deal was announced in Paris, as part of Google’s presence at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21).
This announcement takes Google one step closer to their commitment to triple the purchases of renewable energy by 2025 and eventually powering 100 percent of its operations with clean energy. One of the key actions is to partner with EDF RE to build the Great Western Wind project and place more clean energy on the grid.
Great Western will be comprised of 30 V117 (unit capacity of 3.3 MW) and 51 V100 (unit capacity of 2.2 MW) wind turbines supplied by Vestas. The amount of power generated will be equivalent to avoiding more than 600,000 metric tons of CO₂ emissions annually. This is equivalent to the emissions of 125,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year.
Google joins EDF’s growing North America portfolio of corporate purchasers including Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Groupo Modelo, and Walmart.
This new PPA builds on the relationship forged between the two companies when in December 2012, Google made a nearly $200 million equity investment in EDF RE’s Spinning Spur Wind Project, a 161 MW facility located in Oldham County, Texas demonstrating that corporations can serve as a new source of capital for the renewable energy sector.