Google Adds Wind Energy for Oklahoma Data Center

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – On Wednesday, Google announced that its Oklahoma data center would be powered by wind energy thanks to a partnership with the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA).

The move follows a carbon neutrality pledge from the online search giant dating back to 2007.

Through the initiative, energy for the facility will be outsourced to the Canadian Hills Wind Project which will provide Google with 48 MW of operational power.

“We’ve been working with GRDA, our local utility, to procure additional renewable energy since we “plugged in” our data center in 2011, and in February of 2012, GRDA approached us about purchasing power from Canadian Hills,” commented Google in a blog post.

Google also has a payment plan in place that will find it paying GRDA a premium fee for the power generated through the initiative. The Canadian Hills Wind Project will be launched later in 2012.