AT&T last week said it is adding to its wind power program with the purchase of 300 MW from two new wind farms in Wilbarger and Hardeman counties in Texas.
The agreement builds on the company’s agreement with subsidiaries of renewable energy developer NextEra Energy Resources to purchase power from two wind projects in Webb and Duval counties in Texas and Caddo County, Oklahoma. AT&T said that together, the wind power purchases total 820 MW and represent one of the largest corporate renewable energy purchases in the U.S.
“We’re going big on renewable energy,” Joe Taylor, vice president of global tech optimization and implementation, AT&T, said in a statement. “It’s a clean, abundant, renewable source of home-grown power. As one of the world’s largest companies, our investments can help scale this critical energy source for America’s transition to a low-carbon economy.”
AT&T also said that it will make a $50,000 contribution to Texas State Technical College (TSTC) to create the AT&T Wind Energy Scholarship fund. The fund provides financial assistance for students earning a TSTC wind energy degree or certificate and is open exclusively to students from counties with AT&T-backed wind farms.
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