Google to buy solar power to run North Carolina server farm

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Google says it will offset the tremendous amount of electric power needed for its North Carolina server farm with solar power under a new program that allows corporations to voluntarily pay more for renewable energy.

The technology giant said Tuesday it will buy the solar power from Charlotte-based Duke Energy, which will buy the juice from a new Rutherford County solar farm. A Google spokeswoman would not say how much of the electricity used by the company's Caldwell County server farm would be offset by the 61 MW solar project.

Google's data center near Lenoir houses computer systems supporting the company's Internet search engine and other services such as Gmail and YouTube.

Duke says Google is the first to use a new program allowing its large customers to buy renewable energy from the utility.

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