Google has touted itself as the first public cloud provider to run all its clouds on renewable energy.
The company, which says it is the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world – almost three times as much as Amazon and Microsoft, its primary cloud rivals – has been working to attain this goal for the best part of a decade.
With the belief that 2017 would be the year the ‘road to 100%’ would be completed, the company ramped up its efforts. 2016 saw Google’s operational projects cover almost three fifths (57%) of the energy used from global utilities. With the addition of a record number of new contracts for wind and solar developments still under construction, it enabled the company to surpass the 100% total.