Google buys more renewable energy than it uses

Google buys more renewable energy than it uses

Google buys more renewable energy than it uses

The facilities of the technology company have yet to run on 100% renewable energy, however, Google has met the goal by financing wind and solar farms as an offset to its non-renewable usage.

A little over a year ago, we announced that we were on track to purchase enough renewable energy to match all the electricity we consumed over the next year.

With energy being the biggest consumer of water, Minister Radebe says the devastating impact of the current drought, specifically in the Western and Northern Cape provinces, over the last few years has highlighted the impact of climate change and water security. For every kilowatt-hour of electricity used by Google, it purchases a kilowatt-hour of clean energy.

What do we mean by "matching" renewable energy?

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Google has acknowledged that a company of their scale can not exclusively operate on renewable energy. 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. These include Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple.

"Indications are that prices will continue to decrease in future rounds as demonstrated by the recent Solar PV and Wind prices elsewhere in the world".

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