Google extends commitment to green energy with $75 million investment in Iowa wind farm

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google is investing $75 million in an Iowa wind farm as part of its effort to encourage development of cleaner energy sources.

The deal announced Thursday gives Google Inc. a stake in the Ropey Wind Farm in Greene County, Iowa. RPM Access LLC is the primary owner.

The wind farm is located about 130 miles (210 kilometres) northeast of Council Bluffs, Iowa, which is home to one the eight data centres that power Google's Internet search engine and other services.

The Iowa data centre won't be getting power from the wind farm.

The high electricity demand of Google's massive data centres is one of the reasons the company backs energy projects that cause less pollution than traditional power plants.

Google's investments in renewable energy now exceed $990 million.

Organizations: Google Inc., Access LLC

Geographic location: Council Bluffs, Iowa, MOUNTAIN VIEW, Greene County

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