Google invests in Iowa wind farm of RPM Access

Internet search engine developer Google said Nov. 15 that it has made an equity investment of $75m in a 50-MW wind farm in Rippey, a small town in Greene County, Iowa, about an hour outside of Des Moines.

The Rippey project, developed by RPM Access, is expected to produce enough energy to power over 15,000 Iowa homes. The project, which is now in operation, uses turbines produced by Nordex USA at its Jonesboro, Ark., facility, Google noted.

“We’ve taken two approaches to greening the grid in Iowa, a state where we operate a data center,” Google said. “Back in 2010, we entered into a long-term contract to purchase wind energy from NextEra Energy Resources’ Story County II wind farm. This time, we’re investing directly into a wind project, which has been contracted to sell all of the energy to the Central Iowa Power Cooperative, an Iowa-based utility that will deliver the energy to local consumers. We’re happy to help make more renewable energy available to Iowans and to support the growing wind energy industry in the state.”

This project brings Google’s committed investment to the renewable energy sector to more than $990m.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.