Invenergy inks 225-MW wind power deal with tech giant Google

Invenergy said Jan. 27 that it has signed a 225-MW wind power purchase agreement (PPA) with internet company Google with renewable energy to help support its data center operations.

Google first announced this deal in December during the COP21 conference in Paris. Invenergy is one of six renewable energy companies Google partnered with for a total 842 MW of renewable energy across three countries. Of the six agreements, Google’s PPA with Invenergy is the largest. The announced deals almost double the amount of renewable energy that feed the company’s data centers worldwide.

In late 2015, Invenergy said it completed several other wind power purchase agreements with other corporate customers to provide those companies with renewable energy to support their ambitious corporate sustainability goals. Those agreements, along with the PPA with Google, bring Invenergy’s total corporate customer wind portfolio to 570 MW.

“We are thrilled to bring our innovation in energy to Google, a company famous for their innovation in technology,” said Invenergy’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing Craig Gordon. “Their commitment to using renewable energy sources to power their data centers represents a significant change in the way big corporations are thinking about sustainability and we are proud to be a part of those efforts.”

The agreement with Google includes the sale of wind energy from the Bethel Wind Energy Facility in Texas. Invenergy will provide 225 MW of capacity resulting in approximately 965,000 MWh of renewable energy annually generated in Texas and delivered into the Southwest Power Pool (SPP)/ With the addition of Bethel, Invenergy will operate more than 1,700 MW of power plants in the state.

Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in the Americas and Europe. Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Europe. Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 10,300 MW of projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including wind, solar, and natural gas-fueled power generation projects and energy storage facilities.

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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.