Wind energy to power Google’s Iowa data centre

Google has agreed to buy 407MW of wind power from US billionaire Warren Buffett’s subsidiary firm to power its data centre in Iowa. It is the internet search engine giant’s […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Google has agreed to buy 407MW of wind power from US billionaire Warren Buffett’s subsidiary firm to power its data centre in Iowa.

It is the internet search engine giant’s largest renewable energy deal to date and brings the total amount of renewable energy it has bought to more than 1GW.

MidAmerican Energy will provide the capacity from multiple wind farms that are part of its Wind VIII effort to add 1,050MW of wind energy in Iowa by the end of 2015.

Gary Demasi, Google’s Director of Global Infrastructure said: “At Google, we pursue a variety of approaches to power our operations with renewable energy. One great way to do this is by working with our utility partners like MidAmerican Energy and we hope this agreement will inspire all of our utilities to work with us in finding ways to increase the supply of clean power.”

Google has been working with MidAmerican Energy to procure renewable energy resources since the construction of its Iowa data centre in 2007.