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Technology giant Google seems poised to become a renewable energy giant, too.

According to a report by Neha Palmer, the company’s director of operations, energy, and locations strategy, Google bought as much renewable energy in 2018 as it used in electricity for its worldwide operations. It was the second year in a row the company achieved this goal.

Google also has taken steps to limit its energy usage while expanding renewable energy offerings around the world, officials say.

Multiple Approaches Benefit Google and Other Businesses.

According to reports, Google has a multi-faceted approach for developing renewable energy sources, which makes access to renewable energy easier for businesses of all sizes. For example, the company encourages Power Purchase Agreements around the globe to foster the development of wind and solar farms.

These farms don’t just benefit Google, observers say. They add to renewable energy available to businesses in the locations they are built.

In addition, Google works with utilities to create programs that allow businesses to purchase renewable power from utilities. These programs allow Google and other companies to access renewable and expand its use.

Google has begun purchasing renewable energy along with other businesses in the Netherlands as a consortium. And, it contributes to the creation of wind energy in the United States.

Google Continues to Move Forward with Renewable Energy. 

Google’s purchases of renewable energy are enormous and impactful around the world. Their total global purchases of wind and solar energy equal about 3.5 gigawatts.

However, the search engine mogul does not intend to rest on its laurels. Instead, Google intends to continue contributing toward renewable energy solutions around the world. They are part of the Renewable Energy Buyer’s Alliance that is designed to encourage the purchase of 60 gigawatts of renewable energy within the next 6 years. In addition, they are working toward

exclusively using carbon-free renewable energy.

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