Google now buys more renewable energy than it uses

Renewable energy project coming to Hobet Mine

Since 2017, Google pledged to power its data centres and offices with 100 percent renewable energy.

The signing of power purchase agreements for the 27 mostly solar and wind projects was held up for over two years under ousted president Jacob Zuma, who favoured a plan to build additional nuclear power plants. For every kilowatt-hour of electricity used by Google, it purchases a kilowatt-hour of clean energy.

This is also due to the fact that any power grid supplies electricity to homes and businesses from plants available at the time, be it gas, coal, or renewable, and it can not yet differentiate between the source.

Global renewable generation capacity swelled by 167GW past year to reach 2,179GW, powered by a 32% explosion in the PV build-out and a 10% growth of the wind power fleet, according to the latest data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).




"In addition, we trust that Radebe's statement that the '"lower prices" from the renewable energy projects will "provide the much-needed relief to indigent households" will counter the perception that renewable energy is more expensive than energy generated by fossil fuels", Weiss said. By the end of first of the first year, Google was already covering 57 percent of its energy usage with clean energy resources. It is also working to open up markets where it can not buy renewables. It also makes Google the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy by a wide margin-Amazon and Microsoft are a little more than a third of the way there, but everyone else is far behind.

The workshop was hosted by the Argentinean Independent System Operator, CAMMESA, and brought together representatives from the Argentinean Ministry of Energy, the grid operator TRANSENER and CAMMESA to discuss the impact of scaled up renewables on the current and future operation of the Argentinean electricity grid.

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