Google to use wind energy for Oklahoma data center

Google is going green at a data center in Oklahoma.

In Google official blog, Google announced today that it has signed a deal with the Grand River Dam Authority to transition the energy supply for its Oklahoma data center to wind energy. According to Google, the supply will be powered by 48 megawatts of wind energy from the Canadian Hills Wind Project in Oklahoma. The Project is slated to come online later this year.

Although Google has signed deals in the past to use green, renewable energy, it’s the first time the company will take it from a utility provider.

Greenpeace has been one of the more outspoken champions of the deal, saying in a statement today that Google’s investment sends a message to all other technology companies that green is the way to go.

“Google’s announcement today shows what the most forward-thinking, successful companies can accomplish when they are serious about powering their operations with clean energy,” Greenpeace said today in a statement. “As Google powers more of its data center fleet with clean energy, it sends a signal to other IT companies and electric utilities around the world that renewable energy is not only possible, but is simply smart business in the 21st century economy.”

Google’s Oklahoma data center is currently powered by a “local grid mix” of more than 50 percent coal power, according to Greenpeace.

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