Google has invested $75M in a wind farm, over $1 billion in renewable energy

November 19, 2012
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Google seems to have a hand in everything these days. Be it new technology in clothing accessories or their own wireless network, Google is everywhere. In Iowa, there is a much bigger Google presence as Google has invested $75 million in a local wind farm.

The investment went to a 50MW wind farm north of Des Moines, Iowa. It is known as the Rippey Project and it’s run by RPM Access. This is a pretty big move for Google, who has invested nearly a billion dollars in renewable energy already.

According to Google’s Official Blog, the project is to provide power to 15,000 Iowa homes. They’ll be selling the energy provided to the Central Iowa Power Cooperative, and then on to local customers. The wind farm itself is powered with turbines made by Nordex USA.

This is a really cool move by Google. Not only is investing in clean energy important, but Google is also investing in a number of companies with this project. The wind farm itself, the turbine makers, and even the energy company to an extent. All in the name of renewable energy.

Wait a second, why is Google investing in a wind farm in Iowa?

As The Next Web points out, Google has business in Iowa. They built a data center there a few years ago. They plan on building a second one there in the near future. As The Next Web explains, Google has poured quite a bit of funding into the area over the last few years.

In short, the wind farm is just the latest in a long line of improvements Google has helped fund in Iowa. However, it is definitely an important one, as this is a project that will be sustained for years to come. Is it a smart move for Google to be investing in renewable energy? More importantly, should more companies be investing in it? Let us know your standpoint in the comments.

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