Google hits 100% renewable energy goal

Terry Joseph
April 6, 2018

Since 2017, Google pledged to power its data centres and offices with 100 percent renewable energy.

The increase in renewable energy generation capacity was partly due to the substantial cost reductions, with the cost of electricity from solar PV decreasing by 73 percent, and onshore wind by almost one-quarter, between 2010 and 2017.

"This latest data confirms that the global energy transition continues to move forward thanks to rapidly falling prices, technology improvements and an increasingly favourable policy environment", said Amin. For every kilowatt-hour of electricity used by Google, it purchases a kilowatt-hour of clean energy. The time period required to kickstart these projects required a year or two, however, Google exponentially accelerated its efforts to switch to renewable energy throughout 2017.

Back in 2017, Google started to increase its spending on renewable energy and meant to go 100 percent renewable to match the energy usage across 13 of its data centers and office complexes. At the end of 2016, Google was already covering 57% of its energy usage with renewable sources.

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The Plan addresses how the IPA will implement a variety of programs and procurements to meet its obligations to purchase Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), such as the Illinois Solar for All Program, created to provide a solar market for low-income households and communities. It also makes Google the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy by a wide margin-Amazon and Microsoft are a little more than a third of the way there, but everyone else is far behind.

Radebe on Wednesday signed the hotly-contested renewable energy agreements with 27 independent power producers on behalf of state-owned power utility Eskom.

Of course, Google isn't completely powered by solar and wind.

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