In a statement released Wednesday by the U.S. bank Citigroup, we learn that Google has invested $102 million (72 million euros) more in renewable energy in California.

With this new investment, the capacity of Alta Wind Energy Center (AWEC) located in the Mojave Desert in California, will increase by 168 MW.

The installed capacity of the center should be increased to 1 GW by the end of 2011, before eventually reaching 1,550 megawatts, double that of the largest wind farm currently operating in the United States.

The specificity of the AWEC is that it has its own distribution network in renewable energy.

“This operation demonstrates the economic viability of renewable energy projects in scope and we hope this will encourage more investment in clean energy,” said Michael Eckhart, Head Environmental Finance and Sustainable Development at Citigroup.

With this additional project, Google will have invested a total of approximately $ 780 million (550 million) in renewable energy, 90% this year alone. Recently, Google announced it had invested $280 million in photovoltaics, this time with the project SolarCity.

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