Google backs wind energy in California desert

May 24, 2011
Cars and trucks pass windmills along the 10 freeway, near Banning, California. Google on Tuesday said it is investing $55 million into a California wind energy farm, raising to $400 million the amount of money the technology giant has pumped into clean energy projects.

Google on Tuesday said it is investing $55 million into a California wind energy farm, raising to $400 million the amount of money the technology giant has pumped into clean energy projects.

"The might be best known for its scorching sun and scary sidewinders," said Google director of green business operations Rick Needham.

"But the wind blows hard where the Mojave sands meet the Tehachapi Mountains in southern California, making it a great spot for ."

Citibank is investing in the Alta Wind Energy Center project with .

The companies will pay for Terra-Gen Power to build the wind farm and then lease it back to Terra-Gen to operate, with the electricity being delivered to Southern California Edison public utility.

The center is expected to be among the largest such facilities in the United States, generating enough electricity to power 450,000 homes.

Explore further: Environmentally compatible organic solar cells

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

RWE, Siemens unveil plans for giant Welsh wind farm

Jun 04, 2010

The German power company RWE and industrial group Siemens unveiled on Friday a joint venture to build a giant British offshore wind farm worth more than two billion euros (2.4 billion dollars).

Germany's first offshore wind farm begins turning

Apr 27, 2010

The blades began turning at Germany's first offshore wind farm Tuesday, 45 kilometres (28 miles) off the coast in the North Sea, with 12 turbines producing energy for 50,000 households.

Recommended for you

Environmentally compatible organic solar cells

16 hours ago

Environmentally compatible production methods for organic solar cells from novel materials are in the focus of "MatHero". The new project coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) aims at making ...

Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis

18 hours ago

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects—specifically, ...

Unlocking secrets of new solar material

18 hours ago

(Phys.org) —A new solar material that has the same crystal structure as a mineral first found in the Ural Mountains in 1839 is shooting up the efficiency charts faster than almost anything researchers have ...

Ikea buys wind farm in Illinois

Apr 15, 2014

These days, Ikea is assembling more than just furniture. About 150 miles south of Chicago in Vermilion County, Ill., the home goods giant is building a wind farm large enough to ensure that its stores will never have to buy ...

User comments : 4

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Sean_W
1 / 5 (1) May 24, 2011
Does Google feel the project has overcome the massive technical issues against wind or is it just unaware of them because the massive government subsidies make the technology appear profitable?

Things don't just have to be environmentally sustainable; they need to be economically sustainable. If California or the US in general started defaulting and couldn't pay contracted prices would these projects be able to survive by selling energy in competition with other sources?
bhiestand
5 / 5 (2) May 25, 2011
Does Google feel the project has overcome the massive technical issues against wind or is it just unaware of them because the massive government subsidies make the technology appear profitable?

Wind is fairly competitive compared to other energy sources. Since you bring up subsidies, care to tell us how it fairs against coal and nuclear if THOSE subsidies are removed as well?

No nuclear plants would exist in the US if the government didn't waive liability for nuclear accidents, subsidize development, fuel, and waste storage, guarantee loans, etc.
unknownorgin
4.7 / 5 (3) May 25, 2011
If there was no possibilty of profit millions would not be invested in solar and wind power. You dont see hundreds of millions spent cleaning up waste or helping some animals because there is no profit to be made. sail boats, wind mills and steam engines all made a profit because the energy was free or very cheap and solar power or wind power will be the next big step.

Na_Reth
5 / 5 (2) May 25, 2011
Wind is actually one of the best energy tech you can invest in. The windmills in that region probably pay off within 10 months.

More news stories

Simplicity is key to co-operative robots

A way of making hundreds—or even thousands—of tiny robots cluster to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power has been developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Microsoft CEO is driving data-culture mindset

(Phys.org) —Microsoft's future strategy: is all about leveraging data, from different sources, coming together using one cohesive Microsoft architecture. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday, both in ...

Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects—specifically, ...

New clinical trial launched for advance lung cancer

Cancer Research UK is partnering with pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Pfizer to create a pioneering clinical trial for patients with advanced lung cancer – marking a new era of research into personalised medicines ...

More vets turn to prosthetics to help legless pets

A 9-month-old boxer pup named Duncan barreled down a beach in Oregon, running full tilt on soft sand into YouTube history and showing more than 4 million viewers that he can revel in a good romp despite lacking ...