Google signs 240MW Texas PPA

Web giant Google has signed a deal to buy all output from the 240MW Happy Hereford wind farm in Texas.

The agreement with developer Chermac Energy is the latest in a string of deals by Google to increase its exposure to renewables, either as a project investor or a consumer of power.

The search-engine behemoth will use renewable energy credits (RECs) accompanying the power to offset consumption at its Mayes County, Oklahoma data centre. It has signed five such contracts in a bid to “green” its hugely power-intensive data facilities around the world.

Google said the Texas power purchase agreement (PPA) is its largest yet and takes its total to more than 570MW. The length of the PPA was not specified.

Happy Hereford will be located in Deaf Smith, Randall and Castro counties near Amarillo.

Construction at the site is expected to begin later this year with operations scheduled for late 2014.

Chermac is a Native American-owned company that has developed almost 800MW of wind since 2005.