According to a blog post by Matt Pfile, senior manager, data center energy and location strategy for Google, the company will purchase entire output of the 240 MW Happy Hereford wind farm near Amarillo, TX.
Pfile writes, “The structure of this agreement is similar to our earlier commitments in Iowa and Oklahoma. Due to the current structure of the market, we can’t consume the renewable energy produced by the wind farm directly, but the impact on our overall carbon footprint and the amount of renewable energy on the grid is the same as if we could consume it. After purchasing the renewable energy, we’ll retire the renewable energy credits (RECs) and sell the energy itself to the wholesale market. We’ll apply any additional RECs produced under this agreement to reduce our carbon footprint elsewhere.”
Read the blog post here.