Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) plans to buy renewable energy for its operations in 2017. The company plans to match all energy needs in its data centers and offices in all office locations. This is one of the largest declarations by a private company on the fight against climate change.
Google stated that this commitment would confirm it as “the largest corporate renewable energy buyer on the plant” and break the record for mainstream use of wind and solar power. The company had reported 2,600 megawatts of renewable electricity generating capacity under contract, that is 10 times the amount of power that the company announced it needed in 2010 to power its data centers.
Google had initially begun buying renewable power in 2010 via long term supply contracts. By 2015 the company had enough agreements to match 44 percent of its energy demand. Although the recent commitment is huge, its data centers will still depend on carbon based power to function. These facilities are attached to power grids that have limitations on what type of power flows through the grids, making it impossible to utilize wind or solar energy.