Wind Energy to Power Google's California HQ
NextEra Energy will deliver 43 megawatts of electricity annually, enough wind energy to power Google's North Bayshore headquarters on an annual basis.Over the years, Google has taken considerable pride in its efforts to make company data centers greener. The Internet behemoth says its data centers already use 50 percent less energy than those belonging to other companies, and it has sunk hundreds of millions of dollars over the years in making them even more environmentally friendly. This week, Google announced another investment in clean energy that will help reduce the company's carbon footprint even further. Google has entered into a long-term agreement with NextEra Energy Resources under which the Bay Area wind farm will supply enough wind energy to power Google's North Bayshore headquarters on an annual basis. As part of the agreement, NextEra will install new turbines at its wind farm in California's Altamont Pass that will generate an estimated 43 megawatts of electricity starting 2016. NextEra will flow the energy through the section of the California power grid that supplies electricity to Google's headquarters. The company will measure the output from NextEra's turbines against the electricity consumption at the datacenter to ensure that its energy needs are being completely offset by the wind farm. A member of Google's press team said the company is not disclosing financial details of the new arrangement. But Google's vice president of real estate and workplace services David Radcliffe touted the agreement as the first of its kind involving a Google office facility rather than a datacenter.
"Since our first wind investment in 2010, we've developed close relationships with renewable energy providers, helping us secure renewable energy agreements like this one for our campus and data centers," Radcliffe wrote. Google currently has investments in 17 utility-scale renewable energy projects accounting for more than 1.1 gigawatt's worth of energy, he said.