06 Jul Google to plug in to 160MW Norwegian wind farm by September
Google expects to start receiving wind power from the 160MW Tellenes wind farm in Norway by early September.
The technology giant signed a 12-year deal last year to buy 100% of the electrical output from the 50-turbine strong plant, which is currently undergoing the final phase of its construction.
A Google spokesperson told Reuters: “We’ll purchase power as soon as the wind farm becomes fully operational, which we expect will take place in early September 2017.”
The first turbine at the Tellenes wind farm, which will become the largest such facility in Norway, will begin generating power by next week according to Olav Rommetveit, a spokesperson for farm maker Zephyr.
“Google will not immediately get the supply. It has an exclusive contract for 12 years and they will begin getting the electricity at some point after commercial operations begins,” said Rommetveit.
The company has four European data centres in Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland, and will use wind energy generated at the Tellenes plant, along with a smaller Swedish farm set to come online in 2018, to power its facilities on the continent.