Google set to reach 100% renewable energyBen Wallace
In 2017 Google will reach 100% renewable energy for their global operations including data centers and offices.
Trillions of Google searches are made every year with every minute people upload more than 400 hours of YouTube videos. This all takes an incredible amount of processing power — which means energy. Google engineers have spent years perfecting Google’s data centers, ensuring that they are 50 percent more energy efficient than the industry average, however, with expanding product ranges and service more energy is continually needed. From a business perspective, it made sense for Google to purchase renewable energy, but it also reduced their carbon footprint and address climate.
Google has now announced that in 2017 they will reach 100% renewable energy for all their global operations — including both our data centers and offices. They are one of the first corporations to create large-scale, long-term contracts to buy renewable energy directly; signing their first agreement to purchase all the electricity from a 114-megawatt wind farm in Iowa, in 2010. Today, google are the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable power, with commitments reaching 2.6 gigawatts (2,600 megawatts) of wind and solar energy. That’s bigger than many large utilities and more than twice as much as the 1.21 gigawatts it took to send Marty McFly back to the future.
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