Google Will Be 100% Powered Solar And Wind Power By The End Of 2017
Google has been one of the leading companies to lead the charge of being carbon-neutral. After a decade of running that way, Google announced that they’ll be run completely on renewable energy by the end of 2017. That’s not too shabby when you’re one of, if not the biggest company on the planet.
Google announced last year that it wanted to hit this goal by the end of 2017, so it’s not a shock that they managed to pull it off with all the geniuses running around at the company. This is an incredible feat because of the vast amount of energy the company needs to run its massive data center and various offices with wind and solar.
“We believe Google can build tools to improve people’s lives while reducing our dependence on natural resources and fossil fuels,” Google executive Urs Hölzle explains about the company striving tend the dependency on old fuel technology.
It’s no surprise that Google wants to end its dependency of fossil fuels since, according to the NY Times, it uses as much energy as the entire city of San Francisco in a year.
To further show its goals of running a cleaner company, Google has added air quality sensors to its Google Street View cars. They’re also working on creating a zero waste landfill to deal with its 14 data centers. A goal they’ve already managed in half of them.
One step the company has recently taken in marrying its ethos of sustainability with its products is a new initiative to equip Google Street View vehicles with air quality sensors.
Speaking of solar energy, Google announced in July of 2017 that it would buy its first wind farm from the Norway, Tellenes wind farm. It signed a 12-year-deal to purchase the entirety of the wind farm’s output, which if your Google, probably only cost them a couple bills from their very deep pockets.
“We’ll purchase power as soon as the wind farm becomes fully operational, which we expect will take place in early September 2017,” a Google spokesman told Reuters.
I suspect that many other companies will follow suit when Google leads the way. I don’t see many companies using coal to power anything anymore, despite what you may hear on the news.
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