Google has announced another investment of $55 million for the 1,550MW Alta Wind Energy Center (AWEC) project in California.

Following a series of generous investments in  solar thermal and wind power, Google has announced another investment of $55 million in wind power for the 1,550MW Alta Wind Energy Center (AWEC) project, thereby bringing the web giant's clean energy investments to about $400 million.

Google explains:

The Mojave Desert might be best known for its scorching sun and scary sidewinders, but the wind blows hard where the Mojave sands meet the Tehachapi Mountains in southern California, making it a great spot for wind turbines. It’s the site of the Alta Wind Energy Center (AWEC), which will generate 1,550 megawatts (MW) of energy when complete, making it one of the largest sites in the country for wind energy generation—enough to power 450,000 homes. Renewable energy developer Terra-Gen Power is constructing the site in several phases and we’ll provide $55 million to finance the 102 MW Alta IV project. Citibank, which has underwritten the equity for Alta Projects II-V, is also investing in this project.

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