Google to Buy Wind Power From NextEra Turbines Safer for Birds

Google Inc. agreed to buy power from wind turbines that NextEra Energy Inc. plans to install at the Altamont Pass in the San Francisco Bay Area, replacing older, less efficient equipment that was hazardous to local birds.

The turbines will have 43 megawatts of capacity and are expected to begin operating in 2016, Mountain View, California-based Google said Wednesday in a statement on its blog. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

NextEra, the largest U.S. wind-power operator, is replacing 370 turbines installed in the 1980s with 24 larger ones. The project is the result of a 2010 agreement that ended a legal battle with environmental groups over birds that were killed by the smaller equipment.

The Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area, east of San Francisco is home to some of the world’s first commercial wind power, and most of the approximately 4,000 turbines are more than 30 years old.

Google currently powers about 35 percent of its operations with renewable energy, it said on its website.