Google announced recently that its renewable energy purchases have met and even exceeded the amount of electricity used in its operations in 2017.
Presently, it holds contracts to purchase 3 gigawatts of output from renewable energy projects. These contracts have led to more than $3 billion in new capital investment around the world.
Google’s total renewable energy purchases actually exceeded the amount of electricity the company used in its operations last year, including its offices and 15 data centers located across the globe.
“Over the course of 2017, across the globe, for every kilowatt-hour of electricity we consumed, we purchased a kilowatt-hour of renewable energy from a wind or solar farm that was built specifically for Google,” Urs Hölzle, senior vice president of technical infrastructure wrote in a blog post. “This makes us the first public Cloud, and company of our size, to have achieved this feat.”