Google buys Swedish wind power in The Node Pole
Jun 19th, 2013 Press release
Google buys clean Swedish wind power for its Finnish data center in Hamina. The company will use the renewable energy produced near the Arctic Circle in The Node Pole region to power its new data center in Finland for the next 10 years. The project already has all relevant planning approvals and permits and construction is planned to start the coming month.
The deal is settled with the wind farm developer O2 and German insurance company Allianz. The agreement takes advantage of Europe’s increasingly integrated electricity market, in particular Scandinavia’s shared electricity market and grid system, Nord Pool. This enables Google to buy the wind farm’s electricity output in Sweden and consume the same amount of power, with Guarantee of Origin status, at its data center in Finland.
“As a carbon neutral company, we are always looking for ways to increase the amount of renewable energy we use,” said Urs Hoelzle, Senior Vice President with responsibility for the technical infrastructure at Google. He also comments on the arrangement: “This long term agreement, our forth globally, means we can power our Finnish data center with clean energy and add new wind generation capacity to the European grid.”
“We are very pleased to enter the Swedish wind market with this material investment” said David Jones, Head of Renewable Energy at Allianz Capital Partners, adding “The power purchase agreement implemented for this project offers an interesting model for further wind farm development in this market.”
Johan Ihrfelt, CEO of O2 on the agreement: “We’re delighted to be able to build yet another onshore wind farm, this time for Allianz and Google. We’ll be using the latest generation 3 MW turbines to ensure we get the maximum efficiency out of Maevaara’s great wind conditions.”