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Google Buys Wind Energy Until 2031

Today is Earth Day, and it marks a day of making better decisions for our planet. After spending nearly $275 million dollars on renewable energy, Google is not falling short of expectations this time. Google has announced today that it has signed a power purchase agreement for wind energy in Oklahoma. Mayes County Oklahoma will have a fully operational data center by the end of 2011 thanks to wind energy. Google will be buying the energy from NextEra Energy Resources’ Minco II wind facility and will continue to get energy there until 2031.

The company buys and funds renewable sources through Google Energy LLC. Google has reduced its energy consumption by over 50% since 2007 through building highly energy-efficient facilities. Here’s a fun fact, the CO2 emission in an average daily newspaper is equal to 850 Google searches, and the amount of electricity consumed by the average U.S. household is equal to 3 million Google searches per month, or 103,000 searches per day.

Aside from wind energy, two of Google’s facilities are currently running on 100% recycled water. I’ve said it many times already, but I would like to see similar companies (especially tech) make increasingly aggressive efforts to keep this planet “green.” If we care about the human race, or the underlying ecosystem, it is of extreme importance that we take drastic action immediately. Look at the video for a better look at the wind plant!

Photo Courtesy of Diogo Martins
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