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Google makes huge investment in clean energy

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Posted in Online on 18th Feb, 2014 03:38 AM by AlexMuller

When you conduct a search on Google, your query goes across the Internet, hits a server, gets processed and is sent back to you in microseconds. You would be surprised how much energy is consumed in that process. In its latest quarter, Google spent $2.25 billion on data center and infrastructure spending, a huge area of costs for the company.

 

That's one of the reasons the company is aggressively moving to solar, wind and other alternative energies to power its data centers and banks of servers scattered around the world.

 
If you ask top executives at Google, Apple, Facebook or Microsoft, they will all tell you they are gigantic consumers of energy. And it's for this reason that top companies in Silicon Valley are in a race to be the leader of clean and renewable energies.
 
But more than any other, Google is the most aggressive in advancing a clean energy agenda, analysts say. Google has made 15 wind and solar investments totaling more than $1 billion.
 
"We've invested over a billion dollars in 15 projects that have the capacity to produce two gigawatts of power around the world, mostly in the U.S., but that's the equivalent of Hoover's Dam worth of power generation," said Rick Needham Google's director of energy and sustainability, standing along Google's solar arrays at its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-18
+1
Clean and affordable energy would solve many more important issues than the cost of running Google data centres - I hope that progress will be made
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-18
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Silicon Valley is leading the effort to be more efficient and works on solutions to some of these problems. Google is leading such efforts and we'll have to wait and see how it works out. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-18
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The goal for Google is to be 100 percent renewable powered. There's lots of challenges in getting there, however. Now is 34 percent- a good start Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-18
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Google is really thinking about the future. Reply


 

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