Google has signed an agreement to purchase 236MW of renewable energy from two new wind farms in Norway and Sweden to power its European operations.


A consortium comprising independent private investment company Ardian and Swedish independent green energy producer Rabbalshede Kraft agreed to supply power generated from 76MW wind farm in Southern Sweden, to Google.

As part of the agreement, Google will purchase the power generated from the wind project upon completion in early 2018.

Being developed by Rabbalshede Kraft, the wind project will be 75% owned by Ardian and 25% by Rabbalshede Kraft.

Google Global Infrastructure director Francois Sterin said: "Google has been carbonneutral since 2007 and we are committed to powering 100% of our operations with renewable energy sources.

"Today’s announcement is Google’s 7th European wind power deal to date and reinforces our position as the world’s largest corporate renewable buyer."

Google also signed an agreement with BlackRock, Zephyr and Norsk Vind Energi to purchase the entire electricity output from the proposed 160W wind farm in south of Stavanger, Norway.

Power generated from the wind farm will be sold to Google for a 12-year period.

The project is scheduled to be commissioned in late 2017.

The power purchase deals are part of Google’s aims to power 100% of its operations by renewable sources.

Google Global Infrastructure EU Energy Lead Marc Oman said: "Today’s announcement, Google’s first wind power deal in Norway and the largest to date in Europe, is an important step towards that commitment."

Image: A wind farm in Sweden. Photo: courtesy of BMJ via Shutterstock/Google.