Oklahoma wind energy project to help power Google data center

Google (NYSE: GOOG) and the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) signed a joint agreement for GRDA to supply 48 MW of wind energy to Google’s data center in Mayes County, Okla. The output will come from the 298 MW Canadian Hills wind project in west central Oklahoma.

Google began construction of the data center in 2011, and GRDA approached the company in February 2012 about purchasing power from the project. The agreement calls for Google to pay GRDA a premium to purchase the output.

“At Google, we pursue innovative approaches to power our operations with renewable energy,” said Urs Hoelzle, Senior Vice President of Technical Infrastructure. “We’ve been working closely with all of our utility partners to find ways to make this happen, and we believe this project will be the first of many utility partnerships to deliver renewable energy to our facilities.”

The Canadian Hills Wind Project is expected to go online in late 2012.

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