Google just signed new contracts to offset 100% of its energy use with solar and wind power. The contracts were signed with three energy companies, and they’ll provide Google with over three gigawatts (GW) of clean energy capacity. The company’s senior lead of energy and infrastructure Sam Arons said on LinkedIn the company is “the largest corporate purchaser of renewables on the planet.”
Google announced yesterday on Twitter that due to clean power purchases, their solar and wind capacity is greater than three GW, which is enough “to match 100 percent of the energy it takes to run our products in 2017.” Arons said on LinkedIn they just added 535 more megawatts (MW) of wind power, from plants in South Dakota, Iowa, and Oklahoma.
New clean energy purchases bring our total wind and solar capacity to over 3 gigawatts—enough renewables to match 100% of the energy it takes to run our products in 2017. pic.twitter.com/8ykaWO9LU0
— Google (@Google) November 30, 2017
Avangrid Renewables is one company that signed contracts with Google – for the total output of their Coyote Ridge and Tatanka Ridge wind farms in South Dakota. Each will generate 98 MW. Google’s director of global infrastructure Gary Demasi said in Avangrid’s press release, “With solar and wind declining dramatically in cost and propelling significant employment growth, the transition to clean energy is driving unprecedented economic opportunity and doing so faster than we ever anticipated.”
Google also signed an agreement with EDF Renewable Energy for 200 MW from the Glaciers Edge Wind Project in Iowa, and with the Grand River Dam Authority for 140 MW from The Red Dirt Wind Farm in Oklahoma.
Google has invested around $3.5 billion in energy infrastructure – around two-thirds of which is in the United States. Last year in December, they said they’d run completely on renewable energy this year, and it appears they delivered on that goal. According to Electrek, three GW is around twice the amount that the next biggest renewables purchaser buys – that would be Amazon at around 1.5 GW.