Google buys passive interests in a wind and a solar company

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, gdemasi@google.com.

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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.