The Race for Clean and Renewable Energy

The Race for Clean and Renewable Energy

By: Janet H. Thomas, RID Internet giant Google invested $2.25 billion dollars on data center and infrastructure spending last quarter. With such heavy energy needs the company is moving towards fulfilling these needs through solar and wind generated renewable power. To date Google has 15 wind and solar investments totaling over $1billion and capable of generating 2 gigawatts of power. This is equivalent to the production of the Hoover Dam. Their latest investment is the largest solar array in the world. Located in Ivanpah, California 347,000 mirrors were recently activated and are capable of generating 392 megawatts of electricity. This is enough power to run over 140,000 homes. Sunlight is bounced from the mirrors to 2,200 ton boilers sitting 339 feet up in the air. The boilers are superheated to create steam, which is used to run turbines that produce the electricity. Other Silicon Valley technology giants such as Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are investing in renewable energy resources as well. However, Google is the front runner having 34% of it’s’ operations powered by renewable energy sources. No other technology company has integrated solar and wind sourcing in internal operations and external investments to this degree. While most of their efforts have been in the United States, Google is actively exploring renewable energy solutions around the world.   Photo by dailytech.com

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