Google Puts $39 Million in Two Wind Farms

May 4, 2010 Updated: May 4, 2010

Two North Dakota wind farms received $39 million from Google Inc., in what is the company's first direct investment into a utility-scale renewable energy venture, according to an official blog posting on Google's website.

The wind farms, built by NextEra Energy Resources, can generate more than 169.5 megawatts and can power more than 55,000 homes, according to Rick Needham, Google's Green Business Operations Manager.

“We’ve been dedicating resources to developing new technologies, including making investments in early-stage renewable energy companies,” said Needham in his posting. The wind farms, which have been built aready, use slightly larger blades and cover 15 percent more swept area than earlier wind turbines.