Technology giant Google aims to power its data centers and offices using electricity from completely carbon-free, renewable energy sources by 2030. This promise links the tech giant to a program to provide clean energy and make the infrastructure available even when the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing.
“We are the first large company to set out to do this, and we aim to be the first company to do so,” says Sundar Pichai, Google CEO. The tech giant has claimed to encourage investments in 5GW and $ 5 billion in new carbon-free energy in its main regions to help it reach its 2030 target.
Pichai said that the wildfires in the US have reached record levels, raising public awareness of climate change and saying Google wants to attract more attention with its new target and product features.
Last year, Google obtained 61% of its energy needs from wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources. The rate varied by the facility; non-carbon resources were 3% in the gas-dependent Singapore operation, compared to 96% of Google’s hourly power needs in the wind-swept Oklahoma data center.
Google is taking the much more challenging task of running its entire business, 100%, on carbon-free energy sources wherever it operates. This means offices, campuses, and data centers everywhere for all of their products in Gmail, Search YouTube, and Maps.
However, consuming slightly more power than Delaware residents and businesses around the world each year, Google has become optimistic about emerging resources such as geothermal reservoirs and better management of power needs, where it can fill the gap with batteries to store solar energy overnight.
“We are seeing an enormous logistical challenge to make a 24/7 carbon-free plan in our data centers and campuses around the world, so we worked hard last year to model how we would get there,” Pichai said… “And we are confident that we can get there by 2030.”