Published on June 10th, 2013 | by Anneli Hidalgo0
Google runs data center on Swedish wind power
Google’s new computer center in Finnish Hamina will be run with energy from Swedish wind power.
Google has signed a power purchase agreement with German insurance company Allianz and Swedish wind farm developer O2. The electricity comes from a 72MW wind park that is to be built in Maevaara, situated between Pajala and Övertorneå in the northern parts of Sweden. Google will buy all of the electricity produced by the 24 3MW wind turbines for the next ten years. The wind farm is expected to be operational in the beginning of 2015, and will then be owned by Allianz. O2 will continue to administrate the wind farm on a commercial and technical basis through a separate agreement.
“We’re delighted to be able to build yet another onshore wind farm, this time for Allianz and Google,” said Johan Ihrfelt, CEO of O2, in a press release. “We’ll be using the latest generation 3 MW turbines to ensure we get the maximum efficiency out of Maevaara’s great wind conditions.”
The agreement takes advantage of Europe’s increasingly integrated electricity market, in particular Scandinavia’s shared electricity market and grid system, Nord Pool. This enables Google to buy the wind farm’s electricity output in Sweden and consume the same amount of power, with Guarantee of Origin status, at its data center in Finland. This is Google’s fourth long-term agreement to power its data centers with renewable energy, and its first such agreement in Europe.
”As a carbon neutral company, we’re always looking for ways to increase the amount of renewable energy we use”, said Urs Hoelzle, Senior VicePresident of Technical Infrastructure at Google. ”This long term agreement, our forth globally, means we can power our Finnish data center with clean energy and add new wind generation capacity to the European grid.”
Hamina data center in Finland. Photo retrieved from Google Official Blog.