Google Green

Renewable energy

At Google, we're striving to power our company with 100% renewable energy. In addition to the environmental benefits, we see renewable energy as a business opportunity and continue to invest in accelerating its development. We believe that by helping power more of the world with renewable energy, we're creating a better future for everyone.

Windmills

Using green power at Google

We're currently using renewable energy to power over 34% of our operations, and we continue to look for ways to increase our use of clean energy. This includes trying new, innovative technology at our offices and buying green power near our data centers.

On campus solar panels

We pilot new technology on our campuses

When testing new renewable energy technologies on our campuses, we evaluate them against a few criteria: They must make good business sense, have potential for long-term significant impact and transform the industry. For example, in 2007, we installed the largest corporate solar panel installation of its kind—1.7 MW—at our Mountain View campus. We’ve grown the size of the system to 1.9 MW, and it generates enough electricity to power 30% of the peak load of the buildings on which it sits.

More on how we pilot new green technology 

We purchase green power near our data centers

Currently, very little of the world’s power is from renewables like wind and solar. We're working on changing that by buying renewable energy from our utility providers and wind farms near our data centers. We get clean energy at competitive prices, the wind farm owners get the money they need to finance new clean energy facilities, and together we make the grid a little bit greener.

More on how we purchase green power 

Wind farm

Investing in a clean energy future

We're investing in clean energy so it's more accessible for our company and for everyone. And we've done that in ways that makes business sense. In fact, we've committed over $1 billion to renewable energy projects. We're helping create a clean energy future that's better for our business and the environment.

BrightSource solar panels

We've invested in the following projects:

  • Panhandle 2 Wind Farm: financing wind in Texas
  • Recurrent Energy: solar facilities in California and Arizona
  • Mount Signal Solar: financing solar in California
  • Jasper Power Project: investing in South African solar
  • Spinning Spur Wind Farm: investing in West Texas wind
  • Rippey Wind Farm: financing wind power in Iowa
  • Recurrent Energy: large scale photovoltaic (PV) projects in California
  • Clean Power Finance: financing for rooftop solar
  • SolarCity: solar for thousands of residential rooftops
  • BrightSource: concentrated solar power at scale
  • Atlantic Wind Connection: a superhighway for clean energy transmission
  • Alta Wind Energy Center: harnessing winds of the Mojave
  • Shepherd’s Flat: one of the world’s largest wind farms
  • Peace Garden Wind Farms: opening up more financing for wind
  • Photovoltaics in Germany: investing in clean energy overseas

More on our clean energy investments 

We've been recognized for our green efforts

Google has been recognized for our commitment to using and investing in renewable power, and for reducing our overall environmental impact. We're proud of these accomplishments and are excited to support collaboration across the industry. We co-founded the Climate Savers Computing Initiative in 2007 and joined The Green Grid—two global groups dedicated to higher efficiency and sustainability standards.

Greenpeace First Place Cool IT Leaderboard 5 EPA 2012 Green Power Leadership Award Winner

What others are saying

“Google has been the most open in the industry about the importance of increasing not only energy efficiency within the sector, but also the need to move our energy sources to renewable energy. Google has made significant efforts to increase the company’s transparency. This is a great step forward…Google’s commitment to using renewable energy as much as possible has set the bar for the industry.”

Greenpeace

“While Google has abandoned its quest to be an innovator in clean-energy technology, it hasn't stopped investing in green power. Google pays more for clean energy than it would for power off the grid. However, it has locked into long-term pricing contracts for renewables and expects those contracts to eventually make money as conventional power becomes more expensive over time.”

Fortune