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Google to purchase 842MW of clean electricity to power data centers

CTBR Staff Writer Published 04 December 2015

Technology major Google has reached agreements to purchase 842MW of clean electricity to power its data centers, a move that is in line with the company's commitment to power 100% of its operations with clean energy.


The company is also working on increasing its renewable energy purchases by threefold by 2025.

The long-term contracts, which range from 10-20 years, include purchases of solar energy from the US and Chile, and wind power from Swedish and US generating facilities.

These contracts have been awarded to Duke Energy, RES Americas, EDF Renewable Energy, Invenergy, Acciona Energia and Eolus Vind.

Google said: "Across three countries, we're nearly doubling the amount of renewable energy we've purchased to date. We're now up to 2GW -- the equivalent to taking nearly 1 million cars off the road."

Additionally, Google had made separate agreements to provide $2.5bn in financing for 22 large-scale renewable energy projects over the last five years, from Germany to Kansas to Kenya.

These investments have been in some of the largest and most transformative renewable energy projects in the world with a goal to help drive renewable energy development not only as a customer but as an investor, and bring down costs for everyone, the company said.

The company is also building the world's most efficient computer infrastructure by designing its data centers to use as little energy as possible.

Google is also working on projects like Makani Power and Project Sunroof to increase the use of clean energy.

Project Sunroof is aimed at encouraging private adoption of solar energy by providing a set of tools to facilitate the purchase and installation of solar panels, and Makani is working to make clean energy accessible for everyone.

Makani is developing energy kites, a new type of wind turbine that can access stronger and steadier winds at higher altitudes to generate more energy with less materials.

Image: Google has committed to power 100% of its operations with renewable electricity. Photo: courtesy of Praisaeng / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.