EDF Renewable has signed an agreement with Google to provide 200MW of wind energy to be generated by its new Glaciers Edge Wind Project in Iowa.
The project located in Cherokee County in the northwest area of the state, will create roughly 150 jobs during construction and will contribute millions of dollars to the local economy. With the completion of this project, Google will also be able to reach its goal of matching its energy consumption with renewable energy.
The search engine company has already worked with EDF in the past when they made a $200 million investment in EDF RE’s Spinning Spur Wind Project and in 2016 with a 225MW power purchase agreement.
Director, Power Marketing for EDF RE, Dai Owen said, “The strong U.S. wind market relies in part on America’s corporate sector and companies like Google, who through the purchase of wind energy demonstrate leadership in the drive for a low-carbon economy. Their commitment allows Glaciers Edge to proceed, providing an economic boost to the Iowa economy, through new construction and operations jobs, expanded tax base, and recurring, long-term income for participating landowners.”
“Renewables from projects like Glaciers Edge bring value to our business as we scale and accelerate investment in the communities where we operate,” said Gary Demasi, Google’s director of global infrastructure. “With solar and wind declining dramatically in cost and propelling significant employment growth, the transition to clean energy is driving unprecedented economic opportunity and doing so faster than we ever anticipated.”