Google data centres in Tennessee and Alabama to be powered with 100% renewables

The tech giant has signed a power purchase agreement for energy generated by a 100MW solar plant

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A 100MW solar plant will soon power two Google data centres in Tennessee and Alabama in the US.

The photovoltaic project, which is forecast to create more than 300 construction jobs, will be installed and operated by solar and energy storage developer Origis Energy and its output is contracted under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).

The energy company plans to bring the solar farm online by the end of 2022.

The PPA supports the tech giant’s goal to run on carbon-free energy by 2030.

Johan Vanhee, Origis Energy Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Procurement Officer, said: “Such utility innovations are helping Google reach its aim to be the first major company to operate carbon-free by 2030.  We are very pleased to add 100MW to this goal while contributing to the economic development of Obion County.”

Reid Spolek, from the Energy and Location Strategy team for Google’s Global Infrastructure, said: “Google is the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy and our goal is to run our business on carbon-free energy everywhere, at all times, by 2030.”