Google Will be Powered by 100% Renewable Next Year

Jon Capistrano
Jon Capistrano
December 19, 2016

According to Google’s recent blog post, the internet giant made the claim that by next year, the company will run its offices and vast data centres 100% on renewable resources as reported by CRN.

Although it doesn’t mean that solar and wind power will directly power every single server, it does mean that the company will purchase as much renewable energy as it uses electricity every year.

As of present, Google is already the leading global corporate buyer of renewable energy. Last year, they purchased 44% of its power from solar and wind farms. Google also stated the move to raise that figure to 100% isn’t an effort to green-wash their operations but a logical business decision.

EU energy leader at Google, Marc Oman, stated that it had taken the company 5 years to get close to its 100% target due to the complexity of negotiating power purchase agreements. He also said that while wind and solar had been the cheapest options up to 2017, Google is looking at investing over the next 10 years in other forms of low-carbon power that includes hydro, biomass, and nuclear. Oman stated that the nuclear option is controversial, but that he didn’t want to rule it out if an agreement could meet the company’s goal of low price safety in a sufficiently close grid.

Google has also 20 of its own renewable projects, which it claims has resulted in infrastructure investments of more than US $3.5 billion worldwide. It will also generate millions of dollars every year in revenue to local property owners and millions more for local and national governments in tax revenue.

Read the full story here on CRN

Featured Image Credit: Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Trending Posts

The Future of Space-Based Solar Power Image

The Future of Space-Based Solar Power

Gigantic solar installations in space. It sounds fanciful – something out of Star Wars or Star Trek’s universe – but what if it’s actually possible?

Solar Trust Centre Solar Panel Featured Image

The Victorian Government’s Plan for Solar Aggregation

The Victorian government recently made a call for partners in a new solar pilot program. Although a trial program is always a small step, when viewed in context it’s one that provides an insight into where Victoria and other Australian states and territories will need to go in future: to continue to encourage solar panel uptake, while also properly managing the byproduct of it so an oversupply of energy isn’t fed into the grid.