Google’s data centres and the offices for its 60,000 workers will be powered entirely by renewable energy from next year, according to the internet giant.
Google is currently the world’s biggest corporate buyer of renewable electricity and last year bought 44% of its power from wind and solar farms.
“We are convinced this is good for business, this is not about greenwashing. This is about locking in prices for us in the long term. Increasingly, renewable energy is the lowest cost option,” said Marc Oman, EU energy lead at Google.
In 2015, Google bought 5.7 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable electricity, a little less than the 7.6TWh generated by all of the UK’s solar panels that year. The majority of the power comes from windfarms in the US.
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