Google has signed a deal to supply its giant Iowa data centre (pictured below) in the US with up to 407 megawatts (MW) of wind-generated energy, as it becomes the latest tech giant to tout its green credentials.
In a blog post Google's head of energy strategy and development Neha Palmer, and energy program manager Sam Arons, said the deal with MidAmerican Energy would help dramatically boost its use of renewable energy at the site.
“We now have a freshly inked agreement with MidAmerican Energy to supply our Iowa data centre facilities with up to 407MW of 100 percent renewable wind energy, as tracked by renewable energy certificates,” it said.
“This agreement will not only cover our current facilities but will allow for future expansion supplied by renewable energy as well.”
The 407MW of energy that will be supplied to Google is sizeable. By comparison, the largest offshore wind farm in the world, the London Array, generates up to 630MW while the largest onshore site, Alta Wind Energy Center in California, can hit 1,320MW of energy.
Google said the deal means that it now has over 1,000MW of energy being delivered by renewable energy sources, thanks to numerous contracts its has signed, such as its 2012 deal in Oklahoma with the Grand River Dam Authority.
The deal was agreed as part of Earth Day on Tuesday, which also saw Apple outline its commitment to green energy use and reducing harmful materials in its products. It used this announcement to make a sly dig at rival Samsung, with a series of newspaper adverts.
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