Google has signed power purchase agreements (PPA) for a total of 842 MW of renewable energy to power its data centers.
The PPAs have been signed with several companies and the projects that will provide the energy are located in USA, Chile and Sweden. To be more specific, the PPAs are the following:
The signed PPAs have a period between 10 and 20 years. According to Google, which has reached 2 GW of renewable energy contracts, these agreements are the largest, and most diverse, purchase of renewable energy ever made by a non-utility company.
Arons, Manager of Energy and Infrastructure at Google, explained how El Romero fits into Google’s overall strategy:
"We have entered a series of contracts worldwide that will nearly double our renewable power globally, from 1.2GW to 2GW, and we‘re working to power 100% of our operations this way. The El Romero Project is a key project for us, since it represents not only our first large-scale purchase of renewable energy in Latin America, but it’s also one of our first datacenter solar contracts. It will allow us to power our data center with renewable energy coming fully from the sun”.
Marc Oman, EMEA Energy Strategist at Google, recently stated:
This long term power purchase agreement is a great example of our continued commitment to providing 100% renewable power to our data centers. It makes great financial sense for Google to enter into such contracts, not only because they give us long-term price certainty, but also because they increase the amount of renewable energy generation capacity in the grid, and further reduces our carbon footprint.