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rss 09-30-2012 05:29 AM

More renewable energy for our data centers
 
More renewable energy for our data centers
We an**unced our commitment to carbon neutrality back in 2007, and since then weve been finding ways to power our operations with as much renewable energy as possible. In our latest step toward this end, we just signed an agreement with the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) to green the energy supply to our Oklahoma data center with 48 MW of wind energy from the Canadian Hills Wind Project in Oklahoma, which is expected to come online later this year.

Weve been working with GRDA, our local utility, to procure additional renewable energy since we plugged in our data center in 2011, and in February of 2012, GRDA approached us about purchasing power from Canadian Hills. In conjunction with the electricity GRDA already supplies Google to operate its data center, Google will pay GRDA a premium to purchase renewable energy generated by Canadian Hills. This brings the total amount of renewable energy for which Google has contracted to over 260 MW.

This agreement is a milestone for GRDA because its their first-ever wind energy project. Its also a milestone for Google because its a little different from the previous Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) weve signed, where we agreed to buy the energy directly from the developer who built the wind farm. This agreement, by contrast, marks the first time weve partnered with a utility provider to increase the amount of renewable energy powering one of our data centers.

Although both options can make sense depending on the circumstances, were excited about this collaboration because it makes the most of our respective strengths: utilities like GRDA are best positioned to integrate renewable energy into their generation mix and to deliver power; were a growing company with a corporate mandate to use clean energy for our operations in a scalable way. Weve been working closely with all of our utility partners to find ways to source renewables directly, and we look forward to working with other suppliers to deliver clean energy to our data centers.

Posted by Gary Demasi, Director, Global Infrastructure teamhttps://blogger.googleusercontent.co...g.blogspot.com
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