Google will purchase renewable energy from Duke Energy’s
solar array in Rutherford County to power one of its data centres. The centre
will receive clean energy equivalent to power almost 12,000 US households.
Google becomes the first customer of Duke Energy’s Green
Source Rider programme, which offers companies with extensive energy needs the
ability to offset energy consumption with renewable energy.
Last month Google announced plans to buy a 12.5% stake in
the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Northern Kenya – Africa's largest wind
Google was also among the 13 American multinationals that
put forward $140bn of new low-carbon investment to the White House pledge as
the group plans to invest in more than 1,600MW of renewable energy.