Google Green

Renewable energy

At Google, we have a goal to power our operations with 100% renewable energy and to help achieve that, we have committed to purchase nearly 2 gigawatts of renewable energy to date, making us the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world. Separately, we plan to continue making financial investments in renewable energy projects and have committed to invest $2.5 billion, which also makes us one of the largest corporate investors in renewable energy in the world. We believe that by helping power more of the world with renewable energy through these two initiatives, we're creating a better future for everyone.


Using green power at Google

We're currently using renewable energy to power 37% of our operations and expect this to increase significantly in the next 2 years. In fact in our 2015 White House Climate Pledge, we commit to tripling our purchases of renewable energy by 2025. This includes trying new, innovative technology at our offices and buying green power near our data centers.

On campus solar panels

We pilot new technology on our campuses

When testing new renewable energy technologies on our campuses, we evaluate them against a few criteria: They must make good business sense, have potential for long-term significant impact and transform the industry. For example, in 2007, we installed the largest corporate solar panel installation of its kind—1.7 MW—at our Mountain View campus. We’ve grown the size of the system to 1.9 MW, and it generates enough electricity to power 30% of the peak load of the buildings on which it sits.

More on how we pilot new green technology 

We purchase green power near our data centers

Currently, very little of the world’s power is from renewables like wind and solar. We're working on changing that by buying electricity directly from wind farms near our data centers. We're also working with our utility partners to find solutions that will make more renewable energy available for us and for others. All of these initiatives help us get clean energy at competitive prices and the wind farm owners get the money they need to build these projects and/or finance additional clean energy facilities. Together we make the grid a little bit greener.

More on how we purchase green power 

Wind farm

Investing in a clean energy future

We're investing in clean energy so it's more accessible for our company and for everyone. And we've done that in ways that make business sense. In fact, we've made agreements to fund nearly $2.5 billion in renewable energy projects. We're helping create a clean energy future that's better for our business and the environment.

BrightSource solar panels

We've invested in the following projects:

  • SolarCity: investing in residential rooftop solar
  • Balko Wind Farm: financing wind power in Oklahoma
  • Red Hills Renewable Energy Park: Utah's largest solar power plant
  • Regulus: Repurposing an oil and gas field for renewable energy
  • SunPower: investing in residential solar
  • Panhandle 2 Wind Farm: financing wind in Texas
  • Recurrent Energy: solar facilities in California and Arizona
  • Mount Signal Solar: financing solar in California
  • Jasper Power Project: investing in South African solar
  • Spinning Spur Wind Farm: investing in West Texas wind
  • Rippey Wind Farm: financing wind power in Iowa
  • Recurrent Energy: large scale photovoltaic (PV) projects in California
  • Clean Power Finance: financing for rooftop solar
  • SolarCity: solar for thousands of residential rooftops
  • BrightSource: concentrated solar power at scale
  • Atlantic Wind Connection: a superhighway for clean energy transmission
  • Alta Wind Energy Center: harnessing winds of the Mojave
  • Shepherd’s Flat: one of the world’s largest wind farms
  • Peace Garden Wind Farms: opening up more financing for wind
  • Photovoltaics in Germany: investing in clean energy overseas

More on our clean energy investments 

We've been recognized for our green efforts

Google has been recognized for our commitment to using and investing in renewable power, and for reducing our overall environmental impact. We're proud of these accomplishments and are excited to support collaboration across the industry. We co-founded the Climate Savers Computing Initiative in 2007 and joined The Green Grid—two global groups dedicated to higher efficiency and sustainability standards.

Greenpeace First Place Cool IT Leaderboard 5 EPA 2012 Green Power Leadership Award Winner

What others are saying

“Google has been the most open in the industry about the importance of increasing not only energy efficiency within the sector, but also the need to move our energy sources to renewable energy. Google has made significant efforts to increase the company’s transparency. This is a great step forward…Google’s commitment to using renewable energy as much as possible has set the bar for the industry.”


“Talking about sustainability is a popular marketing tool, but Google has made renewable energy and environmental protection part of both its corporate identity and its operations in a way that is unique in corporate America.“

Associated Press