Google to Use 100 Percent Renewable Energy in 2017


By Editors of Power Engineering

Google announced that every one of its data centers across the globe will be powered entirely with renewable energy sources by the end of 2017.

Though Google’s power will continue to come directly from a variety of sources, Google continues to make large-scale agreements with producers of renewable energy to purchase the power generated and ensure Google’s usage represents no net consumption of coal or gas, the New York Times reported.

“We are the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world,” said Joe Kava, Google’s senior vice president of technical infrastructure. “It’s good for the economy, good for business and good for our shareholders.”

Google has quietly entered into these deals over the last decade.

Kava said the company benefits from the arrangements because renewable power prices don’t fluctuate, and the more renewable energy it purchases, the cheaper renewable development and use becomes.

One of its deals is with NextEra’s 50,000 wind facility in Minco, Oklahoma, which supplies energy to Google’s data center in Pryor, Oklahoma.

In total, Google consumed 5.7 TW/hrs of electricity in 2015, or the equivalent of the entire output of a power plant with a 1-GW capacity.

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