Google: 100% Renewable Energy in 2017!

Every year people search on Google trillions of times; every minute people upload more than 400 hours of YouTube videos. All of that takes an incredible amount of processing power, which means energy. (5.7 terawatts / hour in 2015, according to The Verge).

Google is one of the first corporations to create large-scale, long-term contracts to buy renewable energy directly.

This is good news for the environment. Google announced that in 2017 will reach 100% renewable energy for global operation (including both data centers and offices).

According to Google, they signed the first agreement in 2010, today they are the world largest corporate buyer of renewable power, with commitments reaching 2.6 Gigawatts of wind and solar energy.

To reach this goal Google will be directly buying enough wind and solar electricity annually to account for every unit of electricity operations consume.

Renewables are increasingly becoming the lowest cost option. Electricity costs are one of the largest components of Google operating expenses at data centers, and having a long-term stable cost of renewable power provides protection against price swings in energy.

Urs Hölzle (SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT-TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE) said “Our 20 renewable energy projects also help support communities, from Grady County, to Rutherford County, NC, to the Atacama Region of Chile to municipalities in Sweden. To date, our purchasing commitments will result in infrastructure investments of more than $3.5 billion globally, about two-thirds of that in the United States. These projects also generate tens of millions of dollars per year in revenue to local property owners, and tens of millions more to local and national governments in tax revenue”.

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