Meeting our match: Buying 100 percent renewable energy

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The company today confirmed this for its offices and data centers, and in fact exceeded the goal. We just completed the accounting for Google's 2017 energy use and it's official-we met our goal.

The unprecedented expansion, which represents an annual increase of 8.3%, underlined the "fast pace" at which the worldwide energy transition is continuing, said Irena director-general Adnan Amin, launching the agency's Renewable Capacity Statistics 2018.

This matching system comes out of not being able to power a company of Google's scale with 100 percent renewable energy.

Now the tech company said it's surpassed that, announcing in a blog post that it purchased more power from solar and wind than was used by its operations globally past year.

Underpinned the ongoing build-out of solar and wind were "substantial" cost reductions, Irena noted, with the levellised cost of electricity from PV cratering by 73% and onshore wind by almost 25% between 2010 and 2017, taking both technologies "well within the cost range of power generated by fossil fuels".

"We can realise significant gains in economic activity in the electricity and transport sectors, and lower prices for consumers, if the electricity market is opened to true competition enabled through new smart energy technologies". "This makes us the first public cloud, and company of our size, to have achieved this feat", said Urs Holzle, Google's senior vice-president of technical infrastructure, in a blog post on Wednesday.

At present, the Internet company has power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 3 GW of renewables electricity, which it says have helped spur over United States dollars 3 billion (EUR 2.44bn) in capital investments around the world. The time period required to kickstart these projects required a year or two, however, Google exponentially accelerated its efforts to switch to renewable energy throughout 2017. At the end of 2016, Google was already covering 57% of its energy usage with renewable sources. Looking forward, Google is signing more contracts as it builds new office and data centers.

In the wind energy market, 75% of new capacity came from five countries: China (15GW), the U.S. (6GW), Germany (6GW), the United Kingdom (4GW) and India (4GW), with Brazil and France also installing more than 1GW.

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