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Avangrid Renewables signs PPAs with Google for wind projects in South Dakota
Written By: Jen Neville
January 11, 2018
Avangrid Renewables recently announced that they had signed their first major wind contracts with Google, a subsidiary company of Alphabet, for 196 megawatts of new South Dakota wind power.
Per the company, the power purchase agreements would cover the full output of Avangrid Renewables’ Coyote Ridge and Tatanka Ridge Wind Farms in Brookings and Deuel counties, each 98 MW, just northeast of Brookings, east of I-29. Once the wind farms come online, the additional capacity would help Google reach their goal of purchasing enough renewable energy to match their energy consumption for global operations.
Gary Demasi, Google’s director of global infrastructure, commented:
Renewables from projects like Coyote Ridge and Tatanka Ridge bring value to our business as we scale and accelerate investment in the communities where we operate. 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.
Avangrid Renewables anticipates that the two wind farms would contribute more than $40 million over their lifetimes in combined land lease and tax payments.
“Working with partners like Google who have made a commitment to 100% renewable energy for their global operations is exciting and inspiring,” said Avangrid Renewables President and CEO Laura Beane.
Upon commercial operation for Coyote Ridge and Tatanka Ridge, the company would own and operate more than 500 MW of wind power in South Dakota. Avangrid Renewables is finalizing their development work at the Coyote Ridge and Tatanka Ridge projects and expects to be in full construction by 2019.