Google to go 100% renewable in 2017

Google to buy enough wind and solar electricity annually, to account for every unit of electricity their operations consume globally.

Solar Panels ©James Moran/Flickr
Solar Panels ©James Moran at Flickr

According to The Guardian, Internet giant Google, announced that in 2017, the company will reach 100% renewable energy for their global operations – including both their data centres and the offices for its 60,000 staff.

Google was already the biggest corporate buyer of renewable energy last year, buying 44% of its power from wind and solar farms. Now it will be 100% and to reach this goal, the online giant will be directly buying wind and solar electricity from projects that are funded by the search giant’s own purchases.

“It’s good for the economy, good for business and good for our shareholders,” said Joe Kava, Google’s senior vice president of technical infrastructure, to The Guardian. According to Mr. Kava, the wind supply prices don’t fluctuate like carbon-based power and it enables Google to plan better. Also, the more renewable energy it buys, the cheaper those sources get.

Whether Google is the largest buyer of renewables would be difficult to confirm, but with this move the company will see its power usage show zero net consumption of fossil fuels.  And with the company’s renewable energy commitment reaching 2,600 megawatts of solar and wind energy, it only helps to add a relatively larger share of renewable sources to the world’s power grid.

To read the original report, click here.

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