Google to use Wind Energy to Power Data Centers
On June 20th, Google made public a twenty year deal that would provide its data centers with purchased wind-powered energy from Next Era Energy Resources. Google previously invested $38.8 million in the company for a project that would provide enough wind energy to power more than 55,000 homes.
The Google Energy LLC, a division of the corporation, stated they would begin purchasing the wind power to supply its data centers starting July 30. Senior vice president of operations, Urs Hoelzle, said in his blog that there might be some difficulty implementing the purchased wind power, yet optimistically added that the wind power would be enough to provide for several data centers.
Supplying these data centers with renewable energy is not the end-goal for Google, but wind power stands out as one of the few ways the company can combat climate change. Google has been investing and researching in fields such as wind power in order to find a cheaper and renewable energy source to replace coal and oil. Google's choice to supply its data centers with wind power marks a much needed step for environmentally concerned businesses.