Google to use NextEra wind energy to power HQ

Google will partner with Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy Resources to power buildings at its California headquarters, the company announced Wednesday.



The subsidiary of NextEra Energy will repower a wind farm in the Bay Area that will provide 43 megawatts of electricity starting in 2016. That energy will feed into Google buildings in Mountain View, California.

“Once the installation is complete, and the 370 legacy turbines are replaced, it will take just 24 new ones to generate as much power as our campus uses in a year,” wrote David Radcliffe, Google’s vice president of real estate and workplace services.


The cost of the project was not announced, and a NextEra Energy Resources representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

NextEra Energy Resources focuses on renewable energy, with wind and solar projects across the U.S. and Canada. The company signed contracts for about 1,400 megawatts of new renewables projects in 2014, CFO Moray Dewhurst said in a fourth-quarter earnings call.

NextEra Energy is also Florida Power & Light’s parent company and recently agreed to acquire Honolulu-based Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE: HE) for $4.3 billion.

NextEra Energy is South Florida’s fourth-largest public company, according to Business Journal research. The company reported $17 billion in 2014 revenue, compared to $15.1 billion in 2013.