Google has contracts to purchase three gigawatts of output from various renewable energy projects
Technology giant Google announced that it has purchased more renewable energy than it consumes as a company. The company reports that its total purchase of energy from sources such as wind and solar now exceeds the amount of electricity used by its operations. In 2017, the company started purchasing as much renewable energy as it uses across 13 data centers and its office complexes.
Google is not powering all of its energy consumption with renewable energy. It’s matching what it consumes with equal amounts of purchased renewable energy. For every kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed, company purchases a kilowatt-hour from a wind or solar farm built specifically for Google. According to the company, it currently has contracts to purchase three gigawatts of output from renewable energy projects. While it is not yet possible to power a company of our scale by 100 percent renewable energy, these purchases have a positive impact on energy consumption of company. Google aims to fuel development of clean energy projects, encouraging other companies to follow suit.
Furthermore, various technology giants such as Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft are supporting growth of clean and sustainable energy projects. Apple Park is powered by 100 percent renewable energy and Apple has a commitment to bring four gigawatts of renewable power online by 2020. Amazon and Facebook set a long-term goal of 100 percent renewable energy. These are important steps, Susanne Fratzscher, a senior consultant for renewable energy at the World Wildlife Fund, said in an email to The Verge in 2016. “IT companies, through their energy-intensive data centers, are amongst the largest power consumers in the country.”