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Google’s New Data Centre to Be Powered by Solar and Wind Energy

Google’s New Data Centre to Be Powered by Solar and Wind Energy

In an innovative step towards the use of renewable energies, Google plans to power its latest data centre with energy from solar and wind sources in Arizona.

The main highlight is the Sonoran Solar Energy Centre, located south of Buckeye, with a 260 megawatt (MW) solar farm that powers a gigantic 1 gigawatt-hour (GWh) battery storage system, as reported by Electrek.

This solar project, which cost around 600 million dollars (37.9 billion meticals), not only created 500 construction jobs, but also promises to generate 17.5 million dollars (1.1 billion meticals) in tax revenue over 35 years. The initiative is a partnership between Salt River Project, an Arizona utility company, and NextEra Energy Resources, a renewable energy developer.

According to the website Engenharia Hoje, in addition to the Sonoran Solar Energy Centre, Google’s new campus in Mesa, which is scheduled to come online in 2025, will also benefit from clean energy from the Storey Energy Centre, another project offering 88 MW of solar and battery storage capacity, located in Coolidge, Arizona.

Together, the Sonoran and Storey energy centres have the capacity to produce enough energy to power around 80,000 homes, storing clean energy for use during peak demand on Google’s campus. This demonstrates Google’s commitment to sustainability and the use of renewable energies.

In addition to the solar projects, there are plans for a 161 MW wind farm, the Babbitt Ranch Energy Centre, located north of Flagstaff.

This wind farm is another collaboration between Salt River Project and NextEra Energy Resources and will provide even more clean energy to Google’s data centre, reinforcing the company’s strategy of minimising its carbon footprint and promoting the use of renewable energy in its operations.

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