Google's clean energy project expands to Asia

Google has signed an agreement in Taiwan to purchase the output of a 10-megawatt solar array in Tainan City, Taiwan to "make clean power more accessible"

23Jan

Google has signed a long-term renewable energy agreement in Taiwan, expanding its clean energy project in Asia, with the intention to "make clean power more accessible".

The long-term agreement was signed to purchase the output of a 10-megawatt solar array in Tainan City, Taiwan. "This deal is a result of collaboration between Google, industry stakeholders and the Taiwanese government–which recently amended Taiwan's Electricity Act to allow non-utility companies to directly buy renewable energy and decrease their carbon footprints," noted Marsden Hanna, Google's senior lead of energy and infrastructure.

Google is the first corporate power purchaser to act on the recently amended law, Hanna added. Since first signing its first agreement in 2010 in Iowa, US, Google has to date signed more than 30 solar and wind projects across the US and Europe.

According to Google, the new clean energy site will be located 100km south of Google's Changhua County data center and will be connected to the same regional power grid.

Furthermore, the clean energy agreement will aim to provide a long-term and fixed electricity to support Google's operations in Taiwan and boost the carbon-free profile of their Changhua County data center. Google added that "it's a step in the right direction for grid reliability and Taiwan's broader energy supply mix, which the government wants to expand and make more renewable in the coming years".

"Our inaugural renewable energy project in Asia is an encouraging example of what's possible when forward-thinking government officials, local stakeholders and companies work together for a brighter future.

"We applaud Taiwan for giving the green light to green energy initiatives like ours–the first of hopefully many more in the region," Hanna commented.

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