Technology giant Google has said its data centres and offices around the world will be 100 per cent powered by renewable sources from 2017.
Google has struck 20 renewable power purchase deals since 2010 to supply its 13 data centres, which together consume around 5.7 TWh per year.
The company claims to be the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy, a claim that has not been verified although it is among the largest in a group including fellow tech giants Amazon and Microsoft.
According to data from the Financial Times, Google’s investment in renewables totals around $2bn.
In addition to environmental concerns, Google has said renewables “make business sense”. Urs Holzle, senior vice president for technical infrastructure, was quoted as saying: “Over the last six years, the cost of wind and solar came down 60 per cent and 80 per cent respectively, proving that renewables are increasingly becoming the lowest cost option”.
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