Google Funds Wind Farms in North Dakota
The philanthropic arm of Google.org has signed an agreement to provide $38.8 million to finance NextEra Energy Resources to build two wind farms with 113 turbines in North Dakota that will generate 169.5 megawatts of power when completed. The renewable energy project will be a utility-scale operation that will employ the latest transmission techniques to deliver the energy that will supply 55,000 area homes.
Each wind turbine used in the construction of these wind farms will be 80 meters high and designed so that individual blades can be angled to achieve maximum efficiency depending on wind direction and speed. The blades are also 15 percent larger than previous models used in wind farm, allowing them to harness more wind energy per unit. The wind farms will have a 24/7 monitoring system to ensure maximum power production and steady transmission.
Google.org will continue to seek early-stage renewable energy projects that have the potential to provide utility-scale power plants that can reduce the need for fossil fuels through projects that encourage innovative technology, effective policy, and smart capital investments. Other companies under consideration for funding from Google.org include Alta Rock, a company that installs geothermal power plants and eSolar, a utility-scale solar power company.
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