Google has announced that their global operations will be powered by 100% renewable energy by next year, 2017. This setup includes all the data centers around the world and the offices intended for over 60,000 staff members. The internet company is currently the largest purchaser of renewable energy from solar and wind farms.
The EU energy lead for Google, Mark Oman, stated that the decision to fully rely on renewable energy was based on sustainability, not green-washing. The low cost of renewable energy presents a cost-cutting opportunity for the corporation. Moreover, the founders are determined to minimize the impact of their operations on the environment by using cleaner energy.
On Tuesday the 16th, the company wrote this on it’s blog
“Our 20 renewable energy projects also help support communities, from Grady County, OK, to Rutherford County, NC, to the Atacama Region of Chile to municipalities in Sweden. To date, our purchasing commitments will result in infrastructure investments of more than $3.5 billion globally, about two-thirds of that in the United States. These projects also generate tens of millions of dollars per year in revenue to local property owners, and tens of millions more to local and national governments tax revenue”
The company will not stop investing in the development of other renewable energy power options and advancing on the available resources. The ultimate objective for Google with regard to power is to have a world where every person has access to clean and renewable energy.
You can read more about Google’s energy plan on their blog.