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Earth Week 2021: These five data centers are now running on carbon-free clean electricity

  • 21 April 2021
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Happy Earth Week 2021 Everybody!   Hope you are joining our C2C Sessions

Great news for you to know: 

Google has revealed that five of its data centers are now running almost entirely on carbon-free 'clean' electricity.

According to Urs Hölzle, Google's senior vice president of cloud infrastructure, the search and ad giant buys power from more than 50 renewable energy projects, and has a capacity of 5.5 gigawatts, which equates to about one million solar rooftops. 

Google announced the update in line with this week's Earth Day on April 22, a campaign to raise awareness about environmental issues which has been running since 1970. Data centers that power the cloud have become a major source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and tech giants have been showcasing their progress in making the infrastructure that delivers email, productivity apps, e-commerce and games less harmful to the environment. 

Google CEO Sundar Pichai today noted the company's existing goal of operating entirely carbon-free by 2030 rather than offsetting its carbon footprint. 

"Within a decade we aim for every Google data center, cloud region, and office campus to run on clean electricity every hour of every day," writes Pichai. 

According to Pichair, five data center sites in Denmark, Finland, Iowa, Oklahoma and Oregon are now operating "near or at 90% carbon-free energy".

Google has so far locked in around $4 billion to buy clean energy from more than 50 wind and solar projects globally until 2034. 

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