Google to Procure 150 MW Wind Power from Orsted’s Project in Texas
The power procured will be used to operate its data centers and offices
Google has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for 150 MW with Denmark-based Orsted, which will supply the power from its 268 MW Helena Wind Farm in Texas in the United States for the next 15 years.
The project, commissioned in mid-2022, provides low-cost electricity to the South ERCOT service territory, enough to power an estimated 90,000 homes.
The PPA is the first agreement between Google and Orsted in the U.S. and the second agreement globally. Both the PPAs will contribute to Google’s commitment to operating all its data centers, cloud regions, and offices on 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030.
“Building a 24/7 carbon-free energy portfolio requires us to blend various resources to optimize for hourly production, and that’s exactly what this project helps us accomplish,” said Sana Ouji, Energy Lead at Google.
Google aims to match its electricity demand with a carbon-free energy supply every hour of every day, in every region where it operates, by 2030.
“As a trusted partner in providing clean energy solutions for our customers, we’re proud to support Google’s decarbonization goals on both a regional and global scale,” said Monica Testa, Head of Origination at Orsted Americas.
Orsted targets reaching 17.5 GW of onshore renewables in 2030 and aims to deliver approximately 1.5 GW of additional capacity annually while growing a clean energy portfolio consisting of wind, solar, storage, and renewable hydrogen.
Corporations in the U.S. procured nearly 20 GW of clean energy in 2022, according to an American Clean Power Association report. Cumulatively, 326 companies contracted 77.4 GW of clean energy by the end of 2022. Google procured 6.2 GW, while Amazon contracted 12.4 GW and Meta 8.7 GW.
Last November, renewable energy developer SB Energy Global said Google would buy approximately 75% (942 MW) of the clean energy produced by the company’s four Texas-based upcoming solar projects with a combined capacity of 1.2 GW.
Orsted last year agreed to acquire 100% in Ostwind, onshore wind and solar developer, owner, and operator. The acquisition is part of Orsted’s strategy to expand its European footprint, which is key to its offshore business.