Clean Power

Published on November 19th, 2012 | by James Ayre


Google Investing $75 Million Into New 50MW Wind Farm

November 19th, 2012 by  

Google is continuing to show its commitment to development of a renewable energy economy, investing $75 million dollars into a 50MW wind farm in Rippey, Iowa.


Google has invested a ton into clean energy in recent years, benefiting from the financial savings gained by doing so as well as the good PR (while doing its best to “do no evil”). In particular, it has put most of it’s money into wind and solar power projects.

“The Mountain View behemoth keeps writing checks, and the latest one is The $75 million dollar investment is for an undisclosed stake in a 50-megawatt wind farm that’s located about an hour from Des Moines,” TreeHugger‘s Michael Graham Richard writes.


“The Rippey wind project, which is currently operational, was developed by RPM Access and should generate enough energy to power over 15,000 homes. The turbines were made by Nordex USA at their Jonesboro facility in Arkansas.”

This latest investment now brings Google’s total investments in renewable energy up to $990 million. I wonder if there will be some ceremony of sorts when it hits $1 billion.

Image Credits: Google; Google Maps Screen Capture (via TreeHugger)

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's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

  • Where are they getting the blades, China?

    • Bob_Wallace

      From Jonesboro, Arkansas

    • Ronald Brak

      In Australia most of our blades come from Europe. We used to make some ourselves 5 years ago, but the 2 plants weren’t profitable given Australia’s exchange rate and demand for wind power and shut down. While we mostly use European blades at the moment, we will definitely buy blades from India, China, the US or other places if the price and quality are right.

  • As long as Google stays out of the apple juice business there won’t be any problems.

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