Google has today announced that it has moved further with its ambition of being powered by 100% renewable energy. They have purchased all of the output from the the 240 MW Happy Hereford wind farm in Texas. In doing so they have created their largest commitment towards renewable energy; Google are now in total contracted for more than 570 MW of wind energy through various suppliers.
To put that into something understandable, 570 MW is roughly enough to power 170,000 US Homes, which is an impressive amount that helps to show how much Google is investing to offset its carbon footprint.
You can check out more info in the full blog post but a snippet of the post is below.
The Happy Hereford wind farm, which is expected to start producing energy in late 2014, is being developed by Chermac Energy, a small, Native American-owned company based in Oklahoma. The wind farm will provide energy to the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the regional grid that serves our Mayes County, Okla. data center.
This type of power purchase agreement represents one of several ways we’re working to make additional renewable energy available for both our data centers and the communities in which we operate. In Scandinavia, due to the region’s unified power market and grid system, we’re able to purchase wind energy in Sweden and directly consume it at our Hamina, Finland data center. We’re also working with our local utility partners to develop new options. In 2012, we signed an agreement with GRDA, our utility partner in Oklahoma, to green the energy supply to our Oklahoma data center with 48 MW of wind energy from the Canadian Hills Wind Project. Earlier this year, we began working with Duke Energy to develop a new renewable energy tariff (PDF) in North Carolina.