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Corporate PPA: Google signs its largest Corporate PPA - for 942 MW of power from four solar projects in Texas

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Corporate PPA. Google. Softbank Group. Ares Management. Texas. North America. United States of America. solar. November. 2022.  -nn6ml

The company signed the corporate power purchase agreement (CPPA) with SB Energy, a major renewables platform backed by the Softbank Group and Ares Management. The move, which marks Google’s largest purchase of renewable electricity till date in Texas, will enable the tech company to power its data centers in the Midlothian and Dallas regions with 100% clean power, matched on an hourly basis. The agreement will also support the company’s commitment to operate entirely on carbon-free energy by 2030. The projects linked to the contract are expected to be operational by mid-2024.

As per Google’s latest climate action report (published in Nov’22), Google has signed more than sixty PPAs globally during 2010-2021, for more than 7 GW of renewable energy. As of 2021, the company had achieved five consecutive years of 100% renewable energy matching, on an annual basis. Google also committed ~$6bn to purchase power from wind and solar projects globally through 2040. 

In May 2021, Google signed a PPA with AES to source up to 500 MW from a portfolio of wind, solar, hydro and storage projects in Virginia, helping their data centres in the state to run on 90% carbon-free power, on an hourly basis. A few months later, Google announced a similar deal with ENGIE to develop a carbon-free energy portfolio in Germany, that will lift their operations there to nearly 80% carbon-free energy starting in 2022.

 The above analysis is proprietary to Enerdatics’ energy analytics team, based on the current understanding of the available data. The information is subject to change and should not be taken to constitute professional advice or a recommendation. 

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Matt Chester on Nov 2, 2022

It's always compelling when a tech giant like Google makes these moves, as it provides a clear signal to the market and hopefully incentivizes further clean energy build out

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