Google, the technology giant, has announced its largest-ever power purchase agreement (PPA) with offshore wind projects off the coast of the Netherlands.
This move is part of Google’s ongoing efforts to transition to cleaner energy sources and achieve its climate targets.
The company aims to match each hour of electricity used with an hour of clean power production, aligning with its goal to operate on carbon-free energy around the clock by 2030.
Offshore Wind PPA Details:
In this significant offshore wind PPA, Google has committed to procuring 478 megawatts (MW) of power from two new wind farms developed by Crosswind & Ecowende Consortia.
These joint ventures involve energy companies Shell and Dutch utility Eneco. The agreement underscores the growing trend of renewable power project developers entering long-term PPAs to ensure revenue security while corporate buyers seek to meet clean power sourcing targets.
Additional Renewable PPAs Across Europe:
In addition to the major offshore wind PPA in the Netherlands, Google has also entered smaller renewable PPAs in other European countries.
These agreements include projects in Italy, Poland, and Belgium, contributing to Google’s broader initiative to operate on carbon-free energy in every grid where it operates.
Google’s Ambitious Approach to Clean Energy:
Google’s President in EMEA, Matt Brittin, highlighted the company’s ambitious goal to operate on carbon-free energy around the clock by 2030.
This approach involves securing clean energy solutions in every grid where Google has a presence.
Unlike many companies that match PPAs or renewable energy certificate purchases annually, Google strives to align each hour of electricity consumption with an equivalent hour of clean power production.