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Google invests $75 million more in Texas wind farms

Google invests $75 million more in Texas wind farms
File-This Jan. 3, 2013 file photo shows a Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
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AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Google Inc. will invest another $75 million in Texas wind farms as the tech giant expands its renewable energy efforts, company officials said.

California-based Google on Tuesday said an agreement has been finalized for the Panhandle 2 wind turbine site in Carson County, near Amarillo.

A Google statement said the facility, developed by Pattern Energy Group LP, should have the capacity to generate enough renewable energy to power 56,000 U.S. homes. Company officials expect the facility to be operating by late 2014.

Panhandle 2 is Google's 15th renewable energy investment overall and the company's second in Texas. Google a year ago announced a $200 million investment in another Texas Panhandle wind farm - the Spinning Spur Wind Project in Oldham County, about 35 miles from Amarillo.

The company also said this week that it's buying energy from the Happy Hereford wind farm, also in the Panhandle.

Google has been pouring money into alternative energy since 2010 because it believes the investments will prove profitable as the demand for cleaner sources of power rises amid increasing concerns about the pollution caused by oil and coal.

The company, with headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., is consuming additional power as it builds more data centers to run its Internet search engine and other online services used by more than 1 billion people worldwide.
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