The company is now adding wind farms in Norway and Sweden to its energy production pool
According to Google Green Blog, the company recently bought the future output from two yet to be built wind power farms in Norway and Sweden to power its data centers in Europe, putting the total newly acquired capacity at 236 megawatts (MW). Google has already seven purchase agreements in Europe, totaling more than 500 MW and 18 such deals globally, meaning that the company will have nearly 2.5 gigawatts (GW) at its disposal — the equivalent of taking over 1 million cars off the road.
The wind farms
One of the new onshore wind farms is located near Stavanger, in Southwest Norway and is expected to be operational in late 2017. The 50-turbine project, which will have a capacity of 160 MW, will become the largest wind farm in the country.
The other wind farm whose capacity Google acquired is located in central Sweden, near Mariestad and Töreboda. The wind farm will consist of 22 turbines and will be completed by early 2018.
"Google has been carbon-neutral since 2007 and we are committed to powering 100% of our operations with renewable energy sources," said Marc Oman, EU Energy Lead, Google Global Infrastructure. Funds managed by BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, will provide equity financing for the project, the developers said in a statement.