That includes all offices and data centers, which will be powered primarily through wind and solar energy. Google is the largest corporate buyer of renewable power, and has been carbon neutral for over a decade.
Wrote Urs Hölzle, Google’s Senior Vice President of Technical Infrastructure, in the announcement:
“The science tells us that tackling climate change is an urgent global priority. We believe the private sector, in partnership with policy leaders, must take bold steps and that we can do so in a way that leads to growth and opportunity. And we have a responsibility to do so — to our users and the environment.”
We’ve always known Google to be more opportunistic than altruistic, but even that is good news. It means that renewable energy must, finally, be a tremendous investment. Public trust and affection is an added bonus.