(The Hosting News) – Google is increasing its green efficiency efforts for the data center. The company rolled out an initiative on Wednesday, detailing how it will receive 48 MW of wind energy thanks to a new project being constructing not far from its Oklahoma data center.
The move recalls a pledge from the company nearly five years ago in which Google said it’d work to neutralize its carbon footprint.
To have its data center rely on wind energy, the search giant came to an agreement with the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA). The wind site itself, called Canadian Hills, will be operational later this year.
Google referred to the work as a “milestone” for the wind provider, noting that it was GRDA’s “first-ever wind energy project.” And the feeling of accomplishment appears to be mutual, with Google noting it’s a big shift in how the company’s handled previous partnerships.
“It’s also a milestone for Google because it’s a little different from the previous Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) we’ve signed, where we agreed to buy the energy directly from the developer who built the wind farm. This agreement, by contrast, marks the first time we’ve partnered with a utility provider to increase the amount of renewable energy powering one of our data centers,” commented the tech provider.
Google says that with the move, it’s now upped its MW to 260, taking 48 of it from the expected wind project. The tech provider’s data center in Mayes County, Oklahoma was announced in 2007. It’s a facility Google says provides one hundred full-time jobs.