Environmental group Greenpeace praised Google's agreement with GRDA. The organization has criticized other technology companies such as Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. for not using more renewable power for their data centers.
“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,” said Gary Cook, Greenpeace International's senior information technology analyst.
The Canadian Hills wind farm is being developed by Apex Wind Energy Holdings LLC and Atlantic Power Corp. Aside from the GRDA, it will sell power to the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority and Southwestern Electric Power Co., a Louisiana-based unit of American Electric Power.
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