Monday 11 April 2016

Google backs renewable energy in Asia

Google backs renewable energy in Asia

Technology giant Google has announced it will help renewables grow in Asia.

It will provide seed funding to the Centre for Resource Solutions (CRS) to start rolling out renewable energy certification programmes across the continent.

The company stated: "These kinds of programmes are key in helping companies like Google actually know that the power we are buying comes from a renewable source. They work by “tagging” each MWh of energy generated from a source like wind or solar as renewable, which creates a renewable energy certificate (REC)."

The programme will first be applied in Taiwan where the firm hopes it could be a first step towards buying more renewable energy for its data centres in Asia.

According to Google, its data centres in the country and Singapore make up the majority of their electricity consumption.

The firm claims the decision is part of its 100% renewable commitment by 2025 and it has purchased more than 2GW of renewable energy to date.

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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