Google set a goal to purchase enough renewable energy to match all of the electricity that it consumed over the next year and it announced over a year ago that it was on track to achieve this goal. The company detailed its intention to go 100 percent renewable and Google has now confirmed that it has been able to do that.
Google has completed the accounting for its 2017 energy use and can officially confirm that its goal of 100 percent renewable energy has been met. Google says that its total purchase of energy from renewable sources like wind and solar exceeded the amount of electricity used by its operations across the globe. This includes both offices and data centers.
Over the course of last year, Google has purchased a kilowatt hour of renewable energy from a wind or solar farm built specially for the company to match for every kilowatt hour of electricity that it consumed globally. Google says that it has become the first public cloud and company of its size to have achieved its 100 percent renewable energy goal.
The company also points out in a post on its blog that it now has contracts to purchase three gigawatts of output from renewable energy projects making it the largest corporate purchaser buying renewable energy at this scale. Its renewable energy contracts have led to more than $3 billion in new capital investment globally.