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Google keeps on keepin’ on with its latest support of a wind farm near its Oklahoma data center.

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Google has now made over a dozen commitments to back wind and solar farms. On Tuesday Google announced its 15th investment in clean power, with a plan to put $75 million into a wind farm in North Texas, just outside of the city of Amarillo, near the border with New Mexico.

The wind farm, called the Panhandle 2, is 182 MW — or enough wind capacity to power 56,000 U.S. homes — and is being developed by the Pattern Energy Group. It’s supposed to be up and running by the end of the year.

The deal is Google’s second investment in a wind farm in Texas. The first was a 240 MW project also just outside of Amarillo called Happy Hereford, which will be live in late 2014.

Wind power is one of the only forms of clean power that is competitive with natural gas and coal when built at scale. Google is trying to use as much clean power as possible for its power-hungry data centers, and it has a data center nearby in Mayes County, Oklahoma.

  1. Maybe a little extra understanding of geography would help this story

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  2. Why does Google hate birds and bats so much? Have they seen what building wind turbines does to the environment? Wind power is more harmful to the environment than coal and by a factor yet to be determined…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1350811/In-China-true-cost-Britains-clean-green-wind-power-experiment-Pollution-disastrous-scale.html

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    1. @RobPaulGru, Your comment is inaccurate and uninformed.

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      1. So please provide some data to back up your statement. Give me the number of bird and bat fatalities related to wind farms in the US? Please provide data to that contradicts there is devastating pollution caused by rare earth mining in China? I am willing to be refuted by good data. Not simple contradiction.
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        600,000 bats killed at wind energy facilities in 2012, study says

        In a paper published Friday in the journal BioScience, University of Colorado biologist Mark Hayes used records of dead bats found beneath wind generators, and statistical analysis, to estimate how many bats were struck and killed by generator propellers each year.

        http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-600000-bats-killed-at-wind-energy-facilities-in-2012-study-says-20131108,0,1587861.story

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  3. Kind of like saying that the wind farms south of San Diego is right next door to the data center in San Francisco or wind farms south of Washington DC are next door to the data center in Boston. About 500 miles apart.

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  4. And In Other News... Friday, January 24, 2014

    I love how Google keeps getting great press for its investments in clean energy projects. An understanding of how these deals are structured and the amounts of capital involved relative to Google’s balance sheet would yield the equivalent you-and-me headline of “Jane Doe invests another $0.15 in a high yield CD!” Google’s investment to these projects is laudable but it’s a tired story.

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