Google expands clean energy portfolio with 842MW purchases

3 December 2015 (Last Updated December 3rd, 2015 18:30)

Google has purchased wind and solar power projects totalling 842MW, giving a boost to its strategy to power its entire operations, including its data centres, with renewable energy by 2025.

Google clean energy PPA

Google has purchased wind and solar power projects totalling 842MW, giving a boost to its strategy to power its entire operations, including its data centres, with renewable energy by 2025.

Power purchase agreements (PPA) have been signed by Google’s new parent company Alphabet with Duke Energy, RES Americas, EDF Renewable Energy, Invenergy, Acciona Energia, and Eolus Vind, for periods ranging from ten to 20 years.

Under the terms of the multiple agreements, solar power will be sourced by the company from plants located in the US and Chile, and wind power from the US and Sweden.

Google said: "Across three countries, we’re nearly doubling the amount of renewable energy we’ve purchased to date.

"We’re now up to 2GW, the equivalent to taking nearly one million cars off the road."

"We’re now up to 2GW, the equivalent to taking nearly one million cars off the road."

The firm has also made agreements over the past five years to fund 22 large-scale clean energy projects with $2.5bn.

The projects are located across an extensive area from Germany, to Kansas (US), to Kenya.

"We’re building the world’s most efficient computer infrastructure by designing our data centres to use as little energy as possible, " Google added.

The firm has also co-ordinated with its utility partners to further transformation across the utility sector, it said.

In 2013, Google initiated a new programme to help customers like itself purchase bulk renewable energy directly from their utilities.


Image: The PPAs have been signed with Duke Energy, RES Americas, EDF Renewable Energy, Invenergy, Acciona Energia and Eolus Vind. Photo: courtesy of Google Inc.