Google announces deals for 1.6GW of new wind and solar generation

first_imgGoogle announces deals for 1.6GW of new wind and solar generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Google announced a package of renewables deals on Thursday totaling 1,600 megawatts, which the tech behemoth says is the largest corporate renewables purchase in history.Made up of 18 deals, Google’s projects will be built across the U.S., Europe and in Chile. The company said the purchases will increase its total wind and solar agreements by more than 40 percent.Amazon joined Google in dropping a big commitment on Thursday, announcing plans to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 and net-zero carbon by 2040. In a statement, CEO Jeff Bezos said Amazon was “done being in the middle of the herd on this issue.”Even when companies lock in 100 percent renewables commitments, it can be tricky to quantify their environmental impact. A company’s demand for renewables doesn’t necessarily shut down fossil fuel plants and encourage building new wind or solar in their place.“We’re not buying power from existing wind and solar farms, but instead are making long-term purchase commitments that result in the development of new projects,” wrote CEO Sundar Pichai of Google’s 1,600-megawatt announcement in a note published Thursday. More than half of the new Google projects are solar, following on a trend of corporate renewables purchasers turning toward offsite solar as a low-cost option. Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables forecasts solar will overtake wind in the mid-2020s as the go-to choice for offsite corporate renewables purchases. In the U.S., all of Google’s new projects will be solar, with 75 megawatts in South Carolina and 490 megawatts in Texas.More: ‘Largest ever’: Google announces 1.6GW of renewables purchaseslast_img