Google Invests Over a Billion Bucks in 15 Wind and Solar Projects

By: | March 3rd, 2014

Google has invested over a billion dollars in 15 wind and solar investments with a view to using clean energy to power their massive data centers and servers hubs. The company’s director of energy and sustainability says the 15 projects can produce two gigawatts of power around the world.

According to CNBC, Google’s most recent reports show that the tech giant spent $2.25 billion on “data center and infrastructure spending” worldwide. These operations consume massive amounts of energy and Google will be looking to cleaner avenues to power these big investments.

“We’ve invested over a billion dollars in 15 projects that have the capacity to produce two gigawatts of power around the world, mostly in the U.S.,” Rick Needham is quoted as saying, who is the company’s director of energy and sustainability.

The news comes just after Google opened its new solar power plant on the California and Nevada state line, which is now the world’s largest solar thermal project. It can power over 140,000 homes.

Silicon Valley is moving further and further towards renewable energy going forward, largely in response to the amount of energy that gathering, compiling and storing such vast amounts of data requires. Google seems to be slightly ahead of the pack again with these bold new investments in wind and solar power around the world.

Jonathan Keane

Irish journalist writing on business, tech and engineering.


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