Google To Buy Wind Power For Its Data Center In Finland

June 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Google said Tuesday it has signed its first renewable energy power purchase agreement in Europe that will have its data center in Finland run on wind energy.

The search giant will buy all the electricity that will be produced from a yet-to-be-built wind farm in Sweden for 10 years. O2 has gotten approval to build the 72-megawatt project and secured money from German insurance company Allianz Allianz to complete it in early 2015. Allianz will own the wind farm when it’s up and running.

The wind energy will flow into an electric grid that spans the Scandivanian countries, and Google Google‘s data center in Finland will use the same amount of energy that the wind farm in Sweden pumps into the grid.+

Google previously inked three other renewable power purchase contracts — all for wind energy — for running its data centers in the United States.

The company also has invested over $1 billion in renewable energy projects, mostly in the United States. The investments range from taking a stake in large solar and wind power plants to providing funds that finance rooftop solar panel installations. Just last week, it announced a $12 million investment in a 96-megawatt solar power plant in South Africa.

Google has been a big proponent of renewable energy, using it to reduce its carbon footprint, promote its technology development and deployment and hopefully profit from its investments. In fact, the company is using its heft as a big energy user and job creator to nudge utilities and local and state governments to set up and approve renewable energy generation programs. Duke Energy Duke Energy has said it would ask the North Carolina utility regulators to greenlight a program to supply renewable energy to companies that want it.

Google’s actions have helped to prompt other tech companies in Silicon Valley to use clean power, which is typically more expensive than power from fossil fuel power plants. Apple Apple, for example, has built a solar and fuel cell farm for its data center in North Carolina. Facebook also began to publicize its effort to use clean power and cut emissions last year.

 

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