On 7th December Google made public their intention to power their offices and data centres with 100% renewable energy by 2017.
The firm claims that it is now the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy, this statement follows the fact that it has contracted to buy a total of 2.6GW of green power globally through 20 different agreements. Google said that the decision to go 100% renewable made business sense as since 2010 the price of solar and wind power has fallen by between 60% and 80% respectively, “proving that renewables are increasingly becoming the lowest cost option”.
Senior vice president, technical infrastructure, Urs Hölzle, said: “Since the wind doesn’t blow 24 hours a day, we’ll also broaden our purchases to a variety of energy sources that can enable renewable power, every hour of every day. Our ultimate goal is to create a world where everyone — not just Google — has access to clean energy.”