Google Buying 236 Megawatts of Wind Power for EU Data Centersby
Deal comprises capacity from two projects in Norway, Sweden
Norway wind farm will be country’s biggest when complete
Google, the biggest corporate buyer of clean energy in the U.S., agreed to purchase 236 megawatts of capacity from two wind farms under development in Norway and Sweden.
The projects will power data centers the Alphabet Inc. unit operates in Europe, Google said in a blog post Wednesday. The company is buying the entire output from a 50-turbine wind farm near Stavanger, Norway, that’s scheduled to be complete late next year and a 22-turbine site near Mariestad and Toreboda, Sweden, expected to be done by early 2018.
The deals will help Google attain a corporate goal of running all of its operations on clean energy. The company has now signed seven power-purchase agreements with renewable-energy farms in Europe, totaling more than 500 megawatts. Worldwide it has signed 18 such deals for nearly 2.5 gigawatts, including 781 megawatts of wind and solar capacity in the U.S., Chile and Sweden through deals announced in December.
“One of our key goals is to enable the addition of new renewable energy generation capacity to the grid, rather than drawing power from existing facilities,” Marc Oman, EU energy lead for Google Global Infrastructure, said in the blog post.
Norsk Vind Energi AS and Zephyr AS are developing the 160-megawatt Norway project, which will be the biggest in the country, according to a separate statement Thursday from Norsk Vind. It received financing from BlackRock Inc.