Google ramps up wind, solar investments

Source: By Associated Press • Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019

Employees at Google and other big U.S. tech companies such as Amazon and Microsoft planned to participate in the “global climate strike” today (see related story).

CEO Sundar Pichai said the Google project will include the construction of more than €1 billion in new energy infrastructure in the E.U., among them a new offshore wind project in Belgium, five solar energy projects in Denmark, and two wind energy projects in each Sweden and Finland. There are also projects in the U.S. and South America.

The company said in a news release, “Together, these deals will increase our worldwide portfolio of wind and solar agreements by more than 40 percent, to 5,500 MW — equivalent to the capacity of a million solar rooftops.”

Pichai said that once these projects come online, Google’s carbon-free energy portfolio will produce more electricity than places like Washington, D.C., or entire countries like Lithuania or Uruguay use each year.

Pichai also said today the tech giant is planning to invest €3 billion to expand its data centers across Europe in the next two years. He said it will bring the company’s total investments in the continent’s internet infrastructure to €15 billion since 2007..