Google Invests More Money in Both Data Center and Wind Farm

In this Oct. 27, 2006 file photo, a mouse sits atop a Google mousepad at Google's New York office. Google is investing $75 million in an Iowa wind farm as part of its effort to encourage development of cleaner energy sources. The deal announced Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, gives Google Inc. a stake in the Ropey Wind Farm in Greene County, Iowa. RPM Access LLC is the primary owner. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)

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By Liz Blood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Google is investing another $200 million in its Council Bluffs data center operations as it invests $75 million in a wind farm in central Iowa.

The Des Moines Register says Google announced the additional investment in the data center on Friday at a Statehouse news conference.

The Mountain View-Calif.-based tech giant has an existing $600 million data center it announced in 2007. In April, Google said it would build a $300 million data center near the existing campus. Friday's announcement would add $200 million to that new site.

Google said Thursday it was investing $75 million in the Rippey Wind Farm in Greene County as part of its effort to encourage development of cleaner energy sources.

Google's investment in Iowa now stands at $1.1 billion.

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