Google makes “biggest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history”


Google has announced its largest renewable energy investment to-date, which CEO Sundar Pichai says is the “biggest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history”.

The total purchase covers 1,600MW, and 18 deals across the US, Chile and Europe, raising the company’s renewables investment by 40% to over 5,500MW, and total renewable projects to 52.

Pichai posted on Google’s blog yesterday, announcing the purchase just hours after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ announcement of the company’s plans to achieve net-zero carbon-emissions status for all global operations by 2040. and to be 100% renewables-powered by 2050.

Pichai’s post notes: “Our latest agreements will also spur the construction of more than $2 billion in new energy infrastructure, including millions of solar panels and hundreds of wind turbines spread across three continents. In all, our renewable energy fleet now stands at 52 projects, driving more than $7 billion in new construction and thousands of related jobs.”

Just less-than half, or 720MW will be sourced from US solar farms in the Carolina’s and Texas. Google’s Chilean purchase totals 125MW, which will help power the data centre there, but the details of purchases made in Europe will only be announced by Pichai on 20 September, at an event in Finland.

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Said Pichai: “As you can see in our newly released 2019 Environmental Report, these are just a few of the ways we’re working to tackle climate change at a global scale. We’re also investing in AI and other technologies like Google Earth Engine to scale these efforts beyond our walls. Our goal is to make sure technology can benefit everyone—and the planet we call home. With today’s announcement, we’re one step closer to that goal”.

This is a developing story.