Google Signs PPA to Source 478 MW Wind Power in Netherlands

Siemens powered Gwynt y Mor wind farm

Technology giant Google has inked its most extensive power purchase agreement (PPA) to date, aiming to bolster its commitment to green energy and meet climate targets. The announcement came on Thursday as Google disclosed its partnership with offshore wind projects located off the coast of the Netherlands.

Google’s latest offshore wind PPA involves the procurement of 478 megawatts (MW) from two newly developed wind farms established by Crosswind & Ecowende Consortia. These consortia are collaborative ventures between global energy giant Shell (SHEL.L) and Dutch utility Eneco.

Expanding its commitment to clean energy across Europe, Google also revealed additional renewable PPAs in Italy, Poland, and Belgium. However, financial details of these agreements were not disclosed at this time.

Matt Brittin, President of Google in EMEA, emphasized the company’s dedication to achieving its goal of operating on carbon-free energy around the clock by 2030. He stated, “Our ambition requires clean energy solutions in every grid where we operate.”

While many companies with similar sustainability objectives typically engage in annual agreements, matching PPAs or renewable energy certificate purchases with their yearly electricity consumption, Google is taking a more granular approach. The tech giant aims to align each hour of electricity used with an equivalent hour of clean power production, a strategy proponents argue better mirrors actual energy consumption patterns.