Google buys up Dutch wind power for data center

Google to buy the full output of a Dutch wind power project to supply the $750 million data center it is building in Eemshaven, Netherlands

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Google (NYSE: GOOG) says it will buy the entire output of an 18-turbine, 62-megawatt Dutch wind energy project in the Netherlands to supply power to a major data center it is building.

Company officials said Tuesday that Google wants both price certainty and to ensure that the 600 million euro ($750 million) data center in Eemshaven, Netherlands — due to be completed in 2017 — will be supplied by renewable energy from the start.

The wind project is also still under construction at nearby Delfzijl, with turbines both onshore and off the coast in the North Sea.

Google did not disclose terms but said it has signed a 10-year contract. The U.S. search giant has inked similar deals in Finland and Sweden in the past two years.

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