Cloud Computing: Google Going Green With Power Consumption, Carbon Footprint Stats
After years of stony refusal to divulge its global power consumption, Google has now revealed that the company consumed more than two billion kilowatt hours of energy worldwide in 2010. That number includes energy chomped by servers in data centers all over the world, as well as energy required to keep the lights and refrigerators running at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. The frank admission came Sept. 8 through a new section of its Going Green Website, where it typically informs and regales green IT buffs with its tales of solar and wind energy investments. The search engine provider, which also said it generated 1.46 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), added this "Big Picture" section to provide more transparency around not only its power consumption, but the energy savings associated with its clean energy efforts. Please join eWEEK on this Big Picture tour.