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Google is set to reach 100% renewable energy

07 December 2016

In a recent blog post, Google announced that 2017 will see the company reach 100% renewable energy for its global operations – including datacentres.

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Google was one of the first corporations to create large scale, long term contracts to buy renewable energy directly. Now, it is one of the world’s largest corporate buyers of renewable power, with commitments reaching 2.6GW of wind and solar energy. Apparently, that’s twice as much as the 1.21GW it took to send Marty McFly back to the future! 

To achieve this goal, Google have been purchasing enough wind and solar electricity each year to account for every unit its operations consume, globally. The company also focuses on generating new energy from renewable sources, so Google only buy from projects that are funded by its own purchases. 

Looking to the future, Google has stated it will continue to pursue direct contracts with an even greater focus on regional renewable energy purchases in places where it has datacentres and significant operations. It will also broaden its purchases to a variety of energy sources that can create renewable power at every hour of every day. 

Google’s ultimate goal is to ‘create a world where everyone – not just Google – has access to clean energy.’

Click here to read Google’s white paper detailing its future steps. 

Click here to read the full blog post.



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