Google pledges to reach 100% renewable energy target by 2017.

Google pledges to reach 100% renewable energy target by 2017.

Tech giant Google has announced it aims to provide 100% of the company’s power usage through renewable sources.

The internet company has been joined in this commitment to green energy by rivals Apple and Facebook, but intends to become the first company to reach this target next year.

Whilst still reliant on carbon based energy to power its operations, Google aims to match its carbon consumption through investing in the equivalent units of solar and wind energy.

This latest proposal comes after a significant drop in the prices of renewable energy over the last decade.

Google’s head of energy strategy, Neha Palmer revealed the company has purchased solar and wind energy from many locations across the world.

‘’We have deals in northern Europe, in Chile and here in the US. It’s been part of a global strategy,’’ Palmer said.

Google has been committed to sourcing renewable energy since 2010, and bought 5.7 terawatt-hours of solar and wind energy in 2015 alone.

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