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Published on May 4th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

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7 Google Clean Energy Investments

May 4th, 2011 by

google solar energy wind energy logoGoogle is a clean energy leader (if you haven’t heard). It’s made a number of big clean energy investments in the past year or two and I recently decided to compile a little list of 7 of its biggest over on CleanTechnica. Check them out below.

1. Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (“largest solar energy project in the world”): $168 million invested. (Announcement: April 11, 2011)

2. Caithness Shepherds Flat Wind Farm (“largest wind farm in world”): $100 million invested. (Announcement: April 18, 2011)

3. Offshore Wind Superhighway: Investment total undisclosed, but surely tens of millions of dollars (37.5% of the equity of the initial development stage). (Announcement: October 11, 2010)

4. NextEra Energy Resources Wind Project: $38.8 million invested. (Announcement: May 3, 2010)

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5. 20-Year Power Purchase Agreements with NextEra Energy Resources.

Google signed a 20-year contract to buy power from a 114-MW Iowa wind farm in July, 2010. It was also recently announced that Google would be buying another 100 MW or so from NextEra Energy (from a different wind farm, this one in Oklahoma). (Announcements: July 20, 2010 and April 21, 2011)

6. Advanced Geothermal Energy Systems: Over $10 million invested. (Multiple investments)

7. German Solar Power Plant: Invested $5 million. (Announcement: April 7, 2011)

Hopefully more companies will follow Google’s lead soon, especially in the IT sector — the Internet currently uses more electricity than  all but a handful of nations. If we had more Googles (and fewer Facebooks or Apples), it looks like we’d have a much brighter future.

For more info on the projects above, check out my CleanTechnica post, which includes a little summary of each project: Google’s Clean Energy Projects (7 Big Ones).

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



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