Energy Supplier Awarded Contract To Provide Electricity To Google, Backed By 500 MW Portfolio
May 4, 2021 Email This Story Copyright 2010-21 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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The AES Corporation announced today that it has signed an agreement to supply the electricity to power Google's Virginia-based data centers with 24/7 carbon-free energy under a 10-year supply contract, which will result in the construction of approximately 500 MW of renewable energy and storage projects
AES called the agreement, which starts later this year, the, "first clean energy procurement deal in the world of its kind[.]"
AES will become the sole supplier of the data centers' carbon-free energy needs on an annual basis, sourcing energy from a portfolio of wind, solar, hydro and battery storage resources to be developed or contracted by AES.
AES said that it will help ensure that the energy powering those data centers will be 90% carbon-free when measured on an hourly basis.
AES assembled the 500 MW portfolio from a combination of AES' own renewable energy projects and those of third-party developers, which were selected, sized and contracted to meet Google's energy needs across a number of considerations, including cost efficiency, additionality and carbon-free energy profile.