Google has signed a new 140MW renewable energy supply contract with Engie Deutschland.
Engie will assemble and negotiate an energy portfolio to provide Google with renewable electricity from solar and wind sources in Germany.
The solar power will be source from a new 39MW photovoltaic project scheduled to go into operation in 2023. The wind power will be sourced from 22 wind parks in five federal states that will see their lives extended so they continue to produce electricity instead of being dismantled at their end of life.
Google said this portfolio will ensure that the energy delivered to Google’s German facilities will be nearly 80 percent carbon-free by 2022 when measured on an hourly basis
"We selected Engie because of its expertise in decarbonization and its ability to transform the delivery of clean energy," said Marc Oman, energy senior lead of Global Data Centers at Google. "We need cooperation and partnerships with leading energy companies such as Engie, who work together for the long-term, sustainable use of energy. "
Engie will also offer comprehensive energy management services, including the procurement of residual supplies, balancing group management, network management, and more.
Google first began working with Engie in 2019 with the signing of a five-year green Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) from offshore wind in Belgium, followed by a similar deal in the Netherlands
Ralf Bernhard, senior originator renewables, Engie, said: “Thanks to our expertise in energy and risk management, we can seamlessly integrate renewable energy from existing plants and develop new assets to design a tailor-made product that meets Google’s needs and plans to go even greener.”
The energy deal was revealed as Google’s announced further expansion in Germany, with the search giant planning to expand its Frankfurt Cloud region with a data center and the launching of a new Berlin-Brandenburg Cloud region.
“Engie is delighted to be working with Google again and expanding the existing partnership between the two companies. As a leading player in renewable energy and with global expertise in decarbonization, Engie will be instrumental in helping Google achieve its ambitious goal of carbon-free energy” added Paulo Almirante, senior executive VP responsible for Renewable and Global Energy Management activities at Engie.
Google this week also contributed to a funding round for startup that provides a PPA-buying marketplace. LevelTen Energy Raises $35 Million in Series C Funding from NGP ETP, Energy Majors, VCs, and Google. Its current technology includes Energy Marketplace, Asset Marketplace, and Performance Monitoring software, and it aims to use the funds to develop additional software solutions, invest in real-time load matching technology, and power purchase agreement (PPA) products.
Google plans to supply all of its data centers with 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030.