Google: 100% renewable is just the beginning  

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Google has announced they that their data centres will be fully powered by renewable energy next year - 100% renewable is just the beginning.

I’m thrilled to announce that in 2017 Google will reach 100% renewable energy for our global operations — including both our data centers and offices. This is a huge milestone. We were one of the first corporations to create large-scale, long-term contracts to buy renewable energy directly; we signed our first agreement to purchase all the electricity from a 114-megawatt wind farm in Iowa, in 2010. Today, we are the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable power, with commitments reaching 2.6 gigawatts (2,600 megawatts) of wind and solar energy. That’s bigger than many large utilities and more than twice as much as the 1.21 gigawatts it took to send Marty McFly back in time. ...

Over the last six years, the cost of wind and solar came down 60 percent and 80 percent, respectively, proving that renewables are increasingly becoming the lowest cost option. 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.

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Anonymous   says 8:14 AM

Hi,
I saw your recent entries regarding the plumetting prices of PV modules.
When I started 15 years ago we used to say a PV module would have to be online for 30 years before it is able to recover the energy invested for its own manufacturing.

I would love to see whether the energy ratio improved as much as the electricity costs saved on investment ratio.

Best

I believe it is around 3 years now.

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