Google Invests $75 Million In Texas Wind

AMARILLO (January 15, 2014) Google Inc. says it will invest $75 million more in Texas wind farms as the tech giant expands its renewable energy efforts.

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

The Google statement says 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 say they expect the facility to be in operation by late 2014.

Panhandle 2 is Google's 15th renewable energy investment and the company's second in Texas.

A year ago, Google announced a $200 million investment in another Texas Panhandle wind farm, the Spinning Spur Wind Project in Oldham County, about 35 miles from Amarillo.

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