In a recent blogpost, google announced that it will be purchasing more renewable energy than it actually consumes. Google began its hardwork in the year 2017, with the aim of purchasing as much as renewable energy as it consumes. Google has around 13 data centers all across the U.S. Their data centers are infamous for being power-hungry all the time.
On paper, Google is not running all of its premises with clean, renewable energy. It is simply equalizing the amount of non-clean energy it consumes by buying an equal amount of clean energy. For example it buys 10 Kwh of energy from a wind or a solar farm, built entirely for Google, after it has spent 10 Kwh of non-green electricity from a different source.
Google now claims that the amount of energy it is purchasing from wind and solar power is exceeding the amount of energy which it has been using for all its operations powered via a typical non clean energy source.
Google has plans to purchase a total of 4 gigawatts of renewable energy projects. Although google states that it is not yet possible for a firm as big as google to be entirely powered by renewable energy but it believes that this activity of purchasing clean energy will encourage more companies to come forward and produce or consume clean energy.
Other big companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook are also targeting to achieve a 100% consumption of green energy. This is a very important shift, as I.T companies with their energy intensive data centres are one of the largest consumers of electricity.