Google replenishes renewable energy portfolio with 536MW of wind power

Google has signed four new contracts that will add 536MW of wind power to its energy portfolio, in a move that fulfils its promise to power its US operations entirely from clean energy sources.

In December 2016, the tech giant announced that it its data centres would be 100% powered by renewable sources by 2017, a goal which has now been realised with the recent wind power contracts.

The wind power package is comprised of 196MW from two wind farms owned and operated by Avangrid in South Dakota, 200MW from an EDF Renewable Energy project in Iowa and 140MW from a farm in Oklahoma owned by Enel.

The latter facility is expected to come online early next year, while the EDF wind farm should be operation by the end of 2019 and construction of the two South Dakota projects is scheduled to start in 2019.

Google’s latest wind power contracts take its total energy infrastructure investment to over US$3.5 billion, and upon completion of the projects its US clean power portfolio will stand at 2,397MW and 3,186MW worldwide.

Sam Arons, senior lead for Google’s energy & infrastructure said on a LinkedIn post that the purchases have cemented the firm’s position as the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world.