Lending an ear to the requests of environmental activists, Google takes measures to support renewable energy. The giant company is getting closer to acquire 2 gigawatts of clean energy, now that they will be opening new solar and wind powered sites in Chile, U.S. and Sweden.
Google is among the first giant companies to pay attention to our planet’s needs. The tech giant has understood that there is an increasing need for renewable energy; therefore, the company has set itself as an objective to reach a 3.6 gigawatts capacity by the year 2025.
As of today, this goal seems more attainable because Google has signed new contracts, which will bring 2 gigawatts of renewable energy to its datacenters. This amount of energy is enough to support 2 million European homes for a year, according to the estimates that the company has made.
Google is willing to minimize its worldwide pollution; therefore, the company will do everything in its powers to have all their 14 centers supplied with clean energy in the future decade. For the moment, it is only getting 2 gigawatts, thanks to the new .842 gigawatts projects developed in Sweden, Chile and some parts of the United States.
Google, like many other tech giants, which are switching to renewable energy have two possibilities. They can purchase the clean energy directly through power purchase agreements. Based on these agreements, Google is to get its clean energy from a single facility, at a fixed price for a long period.
When such agreements are not possible, Google buys clean energy, adds it to its own grid and then sells it back as if it were produced by them. This way, renewable energy is a new services that the company provides on its grid.
Whichever methods the companies are choosing, the strategy works just fine both for companies and environmentalists. On the one hand, activists finally get companies to switch to green energy, whereas on the other hand, companies enjoy a better reputation.
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