Google has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Danish energy company Ørsted.

The two companies have signed a 12-year contract that will see Google utilize 50MW of the planned 900MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 Offshore Wind Farm in the German North Sea.

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– Ørsted

The site is expected to go into full commercial operation in 2025 and will help power Google’s operations in Germany; the company recently announced plans to expand its existing data center footprint in Frankfurt and open a new GCP cloud region in Berlin.

“We commend Google for their leading role in fighting climate change by investing in additional renewable energy, and we’re proud to contribute to their ambitious climate targets,” said Rasmus Errboe, head of region continental Europe at Ørsted. “Ørsted is continuously proving that we can support corporations across sectors and technologies with clean energy solutions. This CPPA demonstrates that offshore wind plays a critical role in enabling a 24/7 carbon-free energy solution in Europe.”

While Google currently purchases 100 percent of its energy through renewable contracts and offsets, it plans to supply all of its data centers with 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030. In September, Google signed a 140MW renewable energy supply contract with Engie Deutschland to source renewable energy from wind and solar farms across a number of German states.

Amanda Peterson Corio, head of data center energy development at Google, added: “We are delighted to partner with Ørsted on this project that will help Google achieve its 24/7 carbon-free goal in Germany. We share Ørsted’s commitment for a carbon-free future, and are optimistic about the important role offshore wind can play in enabling other entities to join the 24/7 carbon-free movement.”

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