GE Renewable Energy to supply clean energy to Google

1 October 2019 (Last Updated October 1st, 2019 11:44)

GE Renewable Energy has signed an agreement to supply energy generated by Björkvattnet Onshore Wind Farm in Sweden to Google.

GE Renewable Energy to supply clean energy to Google
Björkvattnet wind farm to power Google’s data centres. Credit: General Electric.

GE Renewable Energy has signed an agreement to supply energy generated by Björkvattnet Onshore Wind Farm in Sweden to Google.

Under the corporate power purchase agreement (PPA), clean energy generated by the wind facility will be used to power Google’s data centres in the region.

Google Operations director Neha Palmer said: “Sustainability has been one of Google’s core values from our earliest days, and a cornerstone of our related efforts is our commitment to clean energy.

“Today’s announcement will add new renewable energy to the grids where we consume it, creating new construction jobs and making clean power accessible to nearby communities.”

Located 470km north of Stockholm, the 175MW Björkvattnet wind farm was developed by Vindparken and WindSpace, with support from GE Renewable Energy.

The project was later divested to InfraVia European Fund IV, which is managed by private equity firm InfraVia Capital Partners.

Last month, GE Renewable Energy agreed to supply 33 of its 5.3MW Cypress turbines for this project, which will generate enough energy to power approximately 175,000 homes in Sweden.

The wind farm is expected to begin commercial operations next year.

GE Renewable Energy Commercial Partnering & Development global director Justine Ryan said: “This project represents GE Renewable Energy’s unique ability to package technology and investing expertise to structure integrated off-take and financing solutions.

“It is a landmark project that demonstrates what we can achieve with new economic models and we are thrilled to have formed a new relationship with Google.”

Last month, Google announced that it will make the biggest corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) in its history with the purchase of 1.6GW in renewable energy worldwide.

The purchase comprises 18 new energy deals and will take the company’s renewable energy portfolio from just over 3.8GW to almost 5.5GW, an amount the company states is more than the renewable energy capacity of countries such as Lithuania and Uruguay.