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Oklahoma wind farm powers Google data center

A NextEra Energy Resources wind farm near Minco is operational, providing power to Google's data center in Pryor, sources confirmed Tuesday.
BY JAY F. MARKS Published: November 30, 2011

Google is reaping the benefits of its investment in Oklahoma's wind.

The Minco II wind farm in Grady and Caddo counties is operational, developer NextEra Energy Resources confirmed Tuesday.

Google struck a 20-year power purchase agreement with NextEra, the companies announced in April. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

NextEra's 100.8-megawatt Minco II Wind Energy Center will help power Google's data center near Pryor.

The 130,000-square-foot data center, which opened at the end of September, powers a variety of Google's services and employs more than 100 people.

Kylah McNabb, wind energy specialist for the Oklahoma Commerce Department, said the innovative deal is exciting for the state.

“We hope that it will serve as a good example to be replicated across the country,” McNabb said.

Google subsidiary Google Energy LLC also bought 114-megawatts of wind energy from Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra in Iowa last year as part of the company's effort to minimize its environmental impact.

“We've managed to reduce our energy consumption by over 50 percent by building highly energy-efficient facilities, but we know that efficiency alone isn't enough to eliminate our carbon footprint,” Google's Gary Demasi wrote on the company's blog in April.