Google adds new wind in Eolus PPA

Internet giant Google is venturing further into the renewable energy business, by signing a ten-year power purchase agreement with Nordic developer Eolus Vind.

Under the deal, Google starting in early 2015 will buy electricity generated by 29 turbines from four southern Swedish wind farms that have a combined capacity of 59MW, Eolus Vind told Recharge.

The four wind farms are Skalleberg in Hjo municipalitiy, Mungseröd in Tanum, Ramsnäs in Laxå municipality and Alered in Falkenberg municipality. The wind parks will use 23 Vestas V100-1.8MW turbines, four of its V112-3.3MW machines, and two of its V90-2.0 models.

Google will supply its Finnish data center with electricity from the Swedish wind parks.

“We´re always looking for ways to increase the amount of renewable energy we use,” says Francois Sterin, director of global infrastructure at Google.

“Long term power purchase agreements enable wind farm developers to add new generation capacity to the grid – which is good for the environment – but they also make great financial sense for companies like Google.”

Eolus deputy chief executive Hans-Christian Schulze said the Google PPA deal is an endorsement of the potential of wind power in the Nordic countries.

Google over the course of the past years has emerged as one of the world’s largest investors in wind and solar power. The web company last summer had already closed a PPA deal to buy power from 24 Nordex turbines at the northern Swedish Maevaara wind project.