Published on September 29th, 2012 | by James Ayre2
Google Purchases 48 MW of Wind Power for Its Oklahoma Data Center
Google this week announced its purchase of 48 megawatts of renewable wind power to provide electricity for its data center located in Oklahoma, USA. That’s a very large amount of electricity, enough to power a small city.
The recent announcement shows that with a forward-thinking approach, large companies can make significant contributions to the transition to a renewable energy economy.
“To power its Oklahoma data centre – one of the facilities responsible for bringing you your Gmail, Docs, and Google search results – Google faced a local electricity mix of over 50% coal power,” Greenpeace writes. “But as one of the major electricity customers in the state, Google worked with the local utility to secure a new supply of renewable wind energy.”
Google’s decision to source the electricity for its data center entirely from renewable energy should send a message to other large “internet companies and electric utilities around the world that renewable energy is not only possible, but is simply smart business in the 21st-century economy,” Greenpeace adds.