Elsewhere, Microsoft recently revealed its major wind energy purchase, to this day, a 237-megawatt farm to power its Wyoming data center. Apple, too, has been purchasing solar farms, and Facebook joins the process of developing a new wind-powered data center in Ireland.
A few months back, Amazon revealed its greatest renewable energy project, to this day, in the form of a 253-megawatt Texas wind farm, and later exposed prepare for five new solar farms in Virginia. Ultimately, Amazon is setting out to match its equivalents by committing to running Amazon Web Services (AWS) completely on renewable energy.
Google has claimed that it will be operating completely on solar power by 2017– including its data centers and facilities.
The internet colossus has been investing in renewable energy for a lot of years and has many clean energy campaigns active, including a wind farm in Kenya and a handful of wind farms in California, Texas, and elsewhere. In December last year, the company made its largest investment of renewable resource ever to power data centers across three countries.
” To achieve this goal we’ll be directly purchasing enough wind and solar electricity yearly to resolve every unit of electricity our operations consume, worldwide,” explained Urs Hölzle, senior vice president for technical infrastructure at Google, in a blog post. “And we’re focusing on creating new energy from renewable sources, so we only buy from projects that are funded by our purchases.”
One of the reasons Google has been enhancing its green energy spending is the falling costs of the wind and solar power. “The cost of wind and solar came down 60 percent and 80 percent, respectively, proving that renewables are increasingly becoming the lowest cost option,” kept Hölzle. “Electricity costs are one of the largest components of our operating expenses at our data centers, and having a long-term stable cost of renewable power provides protection against price swings in energy.”
Google had recently stated that it prepared to power 100 percent of its functions with clean energy but gave no fixed timescale for when it might take place.