Google is buying 20 114 megawatts of wind power from NextEra Energy in a deal that will last for the next 20 years. The goal is to power data centers that support your usage of Google’s services so that Google can continue to grow the share of clean energy that it uses. But that’s not all, Google also aims to provide some stability to its wind energy partner so that they can truly get going and invest in their infrastructure. In the current economy, the lack of financial certainty is the single largest problem that clean energy producers face. NextEra went from 500 megawatt 10 years ago to 7600 megawatts today.
For Google, this is also a way to work on its image of socially responsible company, but when it comes to renewable energy… we’ll take whatever works, right?