Google has proclaimed that it expects to run its fundamental business entirely on renewable energy in 2017. Tech giant says that due to to major solar and wind power energy deals, it will balance all energy needs by using or buying renewables. Google to Run Entirely on Renewable Energy in 2017.
Last year, Google consumed as much energy as the city of San Francisco. Understanding the situation, it said, all of that energy will come from wind farm and solar panels.
Google to Run Entirely on Renewable Energy in 2017
Its not like that Google computers will not consume power but wind and solar power. Like all other firms, Google gets power from a power company, which operates an energy grid typically supplied by a number of sources, including hydroelectric dams, natural gas, coal and wind power.
Urs Holzle, the company’s senior vice president for technical infrastructure, said:
We began purchasing renewable energy to reduce our carbon footprint and address climate change – but it also makes business sense. I’m thrilled to announce that in 2017 Google will reach 100% renewable energy on our global operations.
What Google has actually done is that they participated in many large-scale deals with renewable producers, typically guaranteeing to buy the energy they produce with their wind turbines and solar cells. With those guarantees, wind companies can obtain bank financing to build more turbines.
Urs Holzle added:
Our ultimate goal is to create a world where everyone – not just Google – had access to clean energy. Electricity costs are one of the largest components of our operating expenses at our data centers, and having a long-term stable cost of renewable power provides protection against price swings in energy.
The power generated by the renewable sources is beavered into the utility grid, so that Google’s usage presents no net consumption of fossil fuels and the electricity gets a relatively larger share of renewable sources.
Google said that it is on track to consume 2.6 gigawatts of wind and solar energy due to different deals, which started with a 2010 agreement to purchase electricity from a 114-megawatt wind farm in Iowa.
Other technology giants are also trying to reduce their carbon emissions. Microsoft hopes to have half of its electricity supplied by renewable sources by 2018, while Amazon is currently using about 40 percent renewable energy.