Google Enters Power Purchase Agreement with North Carolina Wind Farm

Aug. 29, 2023
The power purchase agreement will allow the company to receive Timbermill Wind’s full 189 MW capacity to power its data centers on the PJM grid

Google has entered into a power purchase agreement with Apex Clean Energy for the full 189 MW capacity of Timbermill Wind, to be constructed in North Carolina. The PPA will contribute to the clean energy needs of Google’s data centers on the PJM grid, helping the company progress its commitment to powering its entire operation with carbon-free energy by 2030.

“Within the decade, we have an ambitious goal for every Google data center to operate on clean electricity, every hour of every day,” said Donna Calderon, Energy Senior Lead at Google. “We're excited to work with Apex for the first time to not only add wind power to one of the most difficult grids to decarbonize but also bring additional clean energy jobs to North Carolina.”

In addition to the environmental benefits that Timbermill Wind will create, including a $190,000 contribution to nearby conservation efforts, the facility will become Chowan County’s largest taxpayer and provide significant benefits to the local economy. In total, the project will generate approximately $33 million in tax revenue for the community and more than 150 jobs during construction.

“Timbermill Wind demonstrates the Apex team’s unmatched ability to execute on our expansive portfolio, even in a region notoriously difficult to advance wind power,” said Ken Young, CEO of Apex. “Alongside Google, with shared values and an ambitious perspective of its role in the energy transition, we’re pleased to deliver this project—one only achievable through this strong collaboration.”

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Breanna Sandridge is senior editor for EnergyTech and Microgrid Knowledge, both part of the energy group at Endeavor Business Media.

Prior to that, Breanna was managing editor for Machinery Lubrication and Reliable Plant magazines, both part of Noria Corp. She has two years experience covering the industrial sector.

She also is a 2021 graduate of Northeastern State University (Oklahoma) with a Bachelor's in English.