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Google Signs A 407 MW Wind Energy Deal For Its Iowa Data Center

TechCrunch TechCrunch 23/04/2014 Frederic Lardinois

It’s , so there isn’t a company on the Internet that isn’t trying to its green image. Apple earlier this week and today, Google that it has inked a deal with to supply its $1.5 billion  with up to 407 megawatts of 100 percent renewable wind energy.

This is the company’s sixth and green energy power purchase agreement so far and brings its total amount of contracted renewable energy to over 1,000 MW. MidAmerican Energy will supply Google’s data center with power from a number of its wind farms, including its new  site, which — once construction wraps up next year — will consist of 448 wind turbines.

“Google’s significant and growing presence within our service area, along with its long and demonstrated commitment to renewable energy, have been important factors in MidAmerican Energy’s pursuit of renewable power,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy, in a statement today. “In addition to increasing Google’s access to renewable energy, this agreement also reduces energy costs for our customers.”

Google previously signed a very similar agreement  in 2012 and earlier this year, it announced that it had come to a similar agreement with a Swedish utility to power its Finnish data center. The company has also invested about $1 billion in around the world.

Iowa — just like Oregon — has become a magnet for data centers recently thanks in large part to the availability of generous tax breaks and access to affordable and renewable energy, with Google, and making heavy investments in the area.

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