Google has entered into a 10-year power purchase agreement with four Swedish wind farms, a move that is part the company's bid to power its data centers using 100 percent renewable energy.
Under the terms of the deal, announced last week, Swedish wind company Eolus Vind will supply Google with 59 megawatts of power from four wind farms. The project will go online in 2015.
“We’re always looking for ways to increase the amount of renewable energy we use,” said Francois Sterin, director of global infrastructure at Google. “Long-term power purchase agreements enable wind farm developers to add new generation capacity to the grid, which is good for the environment, but they also make great financial sense for companies like Google.”
The Swedish deal is the latest of several renewable power investments Google has made this year. From ThinkProgress:
In June, Google agreed to buy 10 years worth of energy from Swedish wind farm developer and operator O2. The energy produced by O2 will be used to power Google’s data center in Finland. In November, Google announced that it was investing about $80 million in six utility-scale solar facilities in California and Arizona, projects that have a combined capacity of 106 megawatts and will generate enough electricity to power more than 17,000 homes. And in December, Google invested $75 million in a Texas wind farm, which will have a production capacity of 182 megawatts.
There is no timeline for Google's goal of going 100 percent renewable. To date the company has invested over $1 billion into wind and solar projects. By last August, 33 percent of Google’s energy consumption came from renewable sources.