Winding up investments in energy
Google has purchased the future output of two wind power farms in Norway and Sweden, in its latest move to make its data centers 100 percent renewable.
Both farms are still under construction, with Norway’s 50-turbine Tellenes wind farm to be completed in late 2017 and Sweden’s 22-turbine wind farm set for early 2018, with the combined output expected to reach 236 MW.
Renewable energy investments blow up
“Google has been carbon-neutral since 2007 and we are committed to powering 100 percent of our operations with renewable energy sources,” said Marc Oman, EU Energy Lead, Google Global Infrastructure.
“Today’s announcement, Google’s first wind power deal in Norway and the largest to date in Europe, is an important step toward that commitment.”
Google, which has a huge number of data centers for both its own vastly successful product range and its Google Cloud Platform, has invested heavily in renewable energy.
In the week of the Paris Climate Summit, the company announced five energy deals that amounted to 781MW in renewables, making the digital leviathan the world’s biggest corporate buyer of renewable energy.
Last month, Google’s parent company Alphabet joined Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and some 60 other corporations in forming the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), an industry-led initiative to add 60GW of renewable power capacity to the US grid by 2025.
In 2013, Google also acquired Makani Power, which aims to generate power using drones.