Google Energy LLC, part of the search engine software company, has searched out some new renewable energy developments.
Google Energy told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 9 that it has acquired passive, non-controlling, upstream tax-equity interests in two renewable generation projects, each of which has exempt wholesale generator status:
- On Nov. 10, Google Energy’s affiliate Comet Wind TX LLC completed its acquisition of a passive, non-controlling, upstream tax-equity interest in Pattern Panhandle Wind 2 LLC, the project company for a 181.7-MW wind facility in Carson County, Texas, outside of Amarillo. Pattern Energy Group LP is the upstream owner of 100% of the managing interests in Panhandle 2 and therefore has ultimate control over the project.
- On Nov. 24, Google Energy affiliate Mustang Solar CA LLC acquired a passive, non-controlling, upstream tax-equity interest in Regulus Solar LLC, the project company for an approximately 60-MW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic facility in Kern County, California, approximately ten miles southeast of Bakersfield. SunEdison LLC is the upstream owner of 100% of the managing interests in Regulus and therefore has ultimate control over the project.
Google Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Google Inc. In February 2010, the commission granted Google Energy market-based rate (MBR) authority to sell energy, capacity and ancillary services pursuant to its MBR tariff and granted Google Energy’s request that it be determined to be a Category 1 Seller. Google Energy currently controls 114 MW of capacity from a wind facility located in the Central Region that is owned by Garden Wind LLC and 100.8 MW of capacity from a wind facility located in the Southwest Power Pool region that is owned by Minco Wind II LLC. Google Energy also is affiliated with the Ivanpah 1, 2 and 3 facilities, which total approximately 392 MW of nameplate capacity and are located in the Southwest Region.
A company contact is: Gary Demasi, Google Inc., phone 650-253-0881, firstname.lastname@example.org.