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Google invests $38.8 million in wind farms

The farms, developed by NextEra Energy Resources, are designed to generate 169.5 megawatts of power, or enough to fuel 55,000 homes. The wind farms are being built in the North Dakota plains.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

Google has invested $38.8 million in two North Dakota Wind farm projects.

The farms, developed by NextEra Energy Resources, are designed to generate 169.5 megawatts of power, or enough to fuel 55,000 homes. The wind farms are being built in the North Dakota plains.

In a blog post, Google said it is aiming to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy. Google said:

We’re excited about this first project investment because it uses some of the latest wind turbine technology and control systems to provide one of the lowest-cost sources of renewable energy to the local grid. The turbines can continuously adjust the individual blade pitch angles to achieve optimal efficiency and use larger blades with 15 percent more swept area than earlier generations, allowing capture of even more wind energy for each turbine. The control systems for these wind farms are also advanced and dynamic, allowing for remote 24/7 monitoring and operation to ensure maximum turbine up-time and power production.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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