26 May '11, 6pm

What is the Backstory on Google’s Renewables Play?: Google announced yet another big wind buy, this one in Cal...

What is the Backstory on Google’s Renewables Play?: Google announced yet another big wind buy, this one in Cal...

Google's Needham at Windpower 2011 (photo and collage by the author) Google announced yet another big wind buy, this one in California’s Tehachapi Mountains. The company paid $55 million for a piece of the 102-megawatt Alta IV wind farm built by renewables developer Terra-Gen Poweras part of its multi-phase 1,550-megawatt Alta Wind Center (AWC). Five phases and 720 megawatts of the AWC are operational. All the AWC-generated electricity has already been sold to Southern California Edison (SCE). It will be delivered to the power-hungry Los Angeles region 100 miles to the southwest via SCE’s 4,500-megawatt capacity Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP). Spurred by California’s increasingly demanding renewables standards, SCE’s Tehachapi Mountains substation, capable of carrying all of the AWC generation, has already been completed. Further phases of TRTP will accomm...

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