Virginia-based AES Corp. will provide almost carbon-free electrical energy to energy Google’s knowledge facilities within the state.
The energy generator introduced it’s going to turn into sole provider of the tech big’s data-center wants for clear power. Under the settlement AES will begin provide later this yr.
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AES will supply the power wanted from a portfolio of wind, photo voltaic, hydro and battery storage which will likely be developed or contracted by the utility. The utility will make sure the power powering these knowledge facilities will likely be 90% carbon-free when measured on an hourly foundation
“Last yr, Google set an formidable sustainability objective of committing to 100% 24/7 carbon-free power by 2030. Today, we’re proud that via our collaboration with Google, we’re making 24/7 carbon-free power a actuality for his or her knowledge facilities in Virginia,” mentioned Andrés Gluski, AES President and CEO. “This first-of-its-kind answer, which we co-created with Google, will set a brand new sustainability customary for firms and organizations in search of to get rid of carbon from their power provide.”
AES assembled the 500 MW portfolio from a mixture of AES’ personal renewable power tasks and people of third-party builders, which have been chosen, sized and contracted to satisfy Google’s power wants throughout quite a few concerns, together with price effectivity, additionality and carbon-free power profile. The portfolio assembled by AES is predicted to require roughly $600 million of funding and generate 1,200 jobs, each everlasting and building, within the host communities.
This provide settlement follows on the strategic alliance AES and Google shaped in November 2019 to leverage Google Cloud know-how to speed up innovation in power distribution and administration and advance the adoption of fresh power.
“Not solely is that this partnership with AES an vital step in the direction of attaining Google’s 24/7 carbon-free power objective, it additionally lays a blueprint for different firms seeking to decarbonize their very own operations,” says Michael Terrell, Director of Energy at Google. “Our hope is that this mannequin might be replicated to speed up the clear power transition, each for firms and, finally, for energy grids.”
AES has labored or is growing quite a few carbon-free power tasks globally, together with a partnership with Kaua’I Island Utility in Hawaii and power storage websites in California, Arizona and elsewhere.
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