The positive economic impact of Oklahoma’s wind and solar energy industry is being realized in Tulsa and across Northeast Oklahoma through the successful attraction of mega-employers seeking access to abundant renewable power sources.
Global corporations are signing long-term power purchase agreements with renewable energy producers to transition business operations to 100 percent clean energy.
Two of the visionary corporations at the forefront of U.S. renewable energy revolution are Google and Amazon, both of which are making significant capital investments in Oklahoma.
The Google Data Center in Pryor recently announced another $600 million investment in its facility. This expansion brings the company’s total investment to more than $3 billion and more than 500 employees.
Amazon has broken ground on Tulsa’s upcoming Amazon Distribution Center, and when complete, will equal a $130 million investment and represent 1,500 new jobs. In Oklahoma City, Amazon has opened a delivery center and is building a similar fulfillment center.
Kimberly-Clark recently expanded its pledge to power the company’s North American Mills with renewable energy. A major employer in Jenks, Kimberly-Clark announced in March its $120 million investment to expand its facility and add more than 50 full-time jobs.
An Oklahoma wind farm made its nationwide debut during the 2019 Super Bowl when it was featured in Anheuser-Busch’s famous advertisements touting Budweiser is brewed with 100 percent renewable energy. The impact of the national renewable energy revolution is also evident in every day shopping among corporations such as Wal-Mart, Target, Starbucks, Gap, Nike, and Apple to name a few.
Even Oklahoma’s famous oil tycoon, T. Boone Pickens, announced he is swapping out one of its crude investment stock options for renewables, seeing an opportunity to transition stocks to a “low-carbon” economy.