Google Signs Up to Buy 407 Megawatts of Buffett’s Wind Power

Apr 22, 2014 12:53 pm ET

(Updates with source of power in fourth paragraph.)

April 22 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. agreed to buy 407 megawatts of wind power from Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., the technology company’s largest deal to date for renewable energy.

The capacity will power Google’s Council Bluffs, Iowa, data center, according to a statement from Des Moines-based MidAmerican today. Terms weren’t disclosed.

Google, along with Facebook Inc., Apple Inc., Intel Corp. and other companies, are buying buying power from renewable energy projects to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. Google has agreed to buy more than a gigawatt of clean power. Corporate data centers are significant consumers of electricity.

MidAmerican will provide the capacity from multiple wind farms that are part of its Wind VIII effort to add 1,050 megawatts of wind energy in Iowa by the end of 2015.

Facebook plans to run a data center set to open next year in Altoona, Iowa, with wind power from MidAmerican. The company has set a goal of getting a quarter of its power from renewable sources by 2015.

Google is also financing renewable energy, and has invested more than $1 billion in 15 projects around the world in an effort to promote wider use of clean power. “It’s not just our own operations we want to green,” the company said today in a statement on its website.