Google embraces wind energyOctober 1, 2012
Google announced adoption of new wind energy system
Acclaimed technology giant Google has announced that it will be making use of wind energy at one of its largest data centers in Oklahoma. The company has long held an interest in clean energy, but has only very recently begun ramping up its support for sustainability. The two forms of clean energy that the company has shown the most interest in lately are solar and wind. Both of these energies have the capacity to help the company break away from its reliance on fossil-fuels, thus making Google, as a whole, more environmentally friendly.
48MW wind energy system to power Oklahoma data center
Google has finalized the purchase of a 48 megawatt wind energy system that will be used to power its data center in Oklahoma. The wind energy system has the potential to generate enough electricity to keep a small town powered for a year. The data center that will be powered by the wind energy system is largely responsible for providing Gmail and Docs services, as well as running part of the company’s famed search engine.
Google works with local utilities to make better use of clean energy
Over the past several years, the Oklahoma data center has been making use of electricity generated primarily through the burning of coal. This brought Google into conflict with environmental advocacy group Greenpeace, which targeted the technology company and branded it as environmentally unfriendly. Google has been working with local energy suppliers in the state to remedy this problem, however, thus leading the company toward the adoption of its new wind energy system.
Adoption of clean energy could have promising economic benefits for Google
Google has been a strong advocate for clean energy, but is only now beginning to flex its financial might and influence in the adoption of renewable power. This initiative is expected to have some economic benefits for the company, as it reduces its reliance on a form of energy that is becoming increasingly expensive.