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Google Plans To Be Completely Powered By Renewable Energy

The Google logo is spelled out in heliostats (mirrors that track the sun and reflect the sunlight onto a central receiving point) during a tour of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert near the California-Nevada border February 13, 2014. The project, a partnership of NRG, BrightSource, Google and Bechtel, is the world’s largest solar thermal facility and uses 347,000 sun-facing mirrors to produce 392 Megawatts of electricity, enough energy to power more than 140,000 homes. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENERGY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY LOGO)

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What do you think? Is it time that Google adds a little green leaf inside the “oo”?

Right now Google is a year ahead of its schedule to switch over to renewable energy. It should be 100 percent powered by green resources by the end of 2017.

Google’s 13 data centers and offices require 5.7 terawatt hours of electricity each year. Basically, that’s how much energy all of San Francisco consumes in the same time period.

We are convinced this is good for business, this is not about greenwashing. This is about locking in prices for us in the long-term,” Marc Oman, Google’s energy lead in the European Union, told The Guardian. “Increasingly, renewable energy is the lowest-cost option. Our founders are convinced climate change is a real, immediate threat, so we have to do our part.”

Google is primarily run on wind and solar for clean energy. Major drops in the cost of each technology ― 60 percent and 80 percent, respectively, in the last six years ― has made both of these options cost-effective.

We know Google has deep pockets, which allows them to negotiate renewable energy purchases directly, something that average consumers like you and I don’t have access to.

 It signed its first clean-energy contract in 2010, with an Iowa wind farm, and now funds 20 renewable energy projects around the world.

 

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