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GE delivers wind PPA to Google

GE Renewable Energy has announced the signing of a corporate power purchase agreement to sell energy from the Björkvattnet Onshore Wind Farm to Google.

The agreement aims to match Google’s data center’s consumption requirements with power generated from the wind farm.

GE will supply 33 of its 5.3 MW Cypress turbines for the Björkvattnet Onshore Wind Farm in Sweden. Located approximately 470km north of Stockholm, the 175 MW site will generate enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 175,000 homes in Sweden. The wind farm is expected to reach commercial operations by the end of 2020.

Google recently announced that it has made its largest ever purchase of renewable energy, totalling more than $2bn in new energy infrastructure, including solar panels and wind turbines located around the world.

“Sustainability has been one of Google’s core values from our earliest days, and a cornerstone of our related efforts is our commitment to clean energy,” said Neha Palmer, director of operations, Google. “Today’s announcement will add new renewable energy to the grids where we consume it, creating new construction jobs and making clean power accessible to nearby communities.”

“This project represents GE Renewable Energy’s unique ability to package technology and investing expertise to structure integrated off-take and financing solutions.” said Justine Ryan, global director commercial partnering & development, GE Renewable Energy. “It is a landmark project that demonstrates what we can achieve with new economic models and we are thrilled to have formed a new relationship with Google.”

The project was developed by Vindparken and WindSpace, with support from GE, and sold to InfraVia European Fund IV, managed by InfraVia Capital Partners, a private equity firm specialized in the infrastructure sector.