Google Signs European PPAs, Adds 700 MW Clean Power - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Solar, Wind  -  February 2, 2024

Google Signs European PPAs, Adds 700 MW Clean Power

Google announced power purchase agreements (PPAs) for more than 700 megawatts of clean energy — including the largest offshore wind projects to date in The Netherlands. 

Over the next couple of years, the tech company’s operations are projected to reach more than 90% carbon-free energy in The Netherlands, Italy, and Poland, and close to 85% in Belgium, according to a blog post written by Matt Brittin, President of Google Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

The latest offshore wind project combined with the existing PPAs previously signed in The Netherlands will help its Dutch data centers and offices reach more than 90% carbon-free energy in 2024.

Google signed PPAs with Shell and with Eneco, owners of the Crosswind & Ecowende joint ventures, to support 478 megawatts of carbon-free energy capacity with two new-to-the-grid offshore wind farms: HKN V and HKW VI. These agreements support the development of these subsidy-free offshore wind farms, which are expected to contribute to about 6% of the country's annual electricity consumption.

The company also announced its other green energy deals; in Italy, Google entered into its first long-term PPA to support an onshore wind energy project with 47 megawatts of clean energy generation capacity with Italian energy company ERG. Once the wind project is operational, the agreement will help its Italian offices, as well as its Milan and Turin cloud regions, to reach more than 90% carbon-free energy on an hourly local basis in 2025.

In Poland, Google signed two additional agreements for 106 megawatts of solar generation capacity with GoldenPeaks Capital, which will add clean energy to the grid that will help its offices and cloud region in Poland achieve more than 90% carbon-free energy in 2025.

The PPAs are bringing 11 new onshore wind farms, developed by Aspiravi and Luminus, to the grid for a total capacity of 84 megawatts.

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