The Mountain View company has announced that in 2017, renewable energies will be its only source of energy supply for all the operations it will have to carry out. This decision to use 100% renewable energy for all its activities falls within the scope of its to remedy its dependence on polluting energy.
Google argues that to achieve this goal, its choice is mainly focused on the wind and solar energy. The company also said that this decision would concern both its data centers and its offices. For the Internet giant, the implementation of this decision will go through a number of supply contracts that will be signed between the firm and the wind and solar energy producers.
In order to achieve this objective, the Mountain View firm states that sufficient quantities of the wind and solar energy will be purchased to cover all the energy needs that the firm will need in the course of its activities. It is mentioned that the emphasis will be on the creation of new energy from renewable sources, by sourcing only from the operators whose projects are financed by Google.
It should be recalled that in 2015, Google signed a partnership with Duke Energy company which is committed to the provision of renewable energy. This was done through the Green Source Rider program launched by Duke Energy. The latter was intended to power the installations of large companies like Google thanks to renewable energies. Google became the first customer of Duke Energy and volunteered to purchase 61 MW to power its Lenoir data center in Rutherford County, North Carolina.
Over the past six years, wind and solar energy costs have declined by 60% and 80% respectively. This situation shows how beneficial it is to turn to renewable energies. Within their data centers, electricity costs represent a very large proportion of operating expenses. Thus, with renewable energies, the stability of costs in the long term will make it possible to cope with possible price fluctuations.
According to a Bloomberg ranking, among the companies that use renewable energies, Google is positioning itself as the leader. It is followed by Amazon and by the US Department of Defense ranked second and third respectively.