Google will purchase approximately 75%, or 942 MW, of the renewable energy produced by four of SB Energy Global‘s solar projects under development in Texas. The projects — Orion 1-3 and Eiffel — total 1.2 GW and are expected to be operational by mid-2024.
“SB Energy is thrilled to join forces with Google to provide clean energy to match Google’s Texas data center consumption,” said Rich Hossfield SB Energy co-CEO Rich Hossfeld. “We share Google’s relentless drive to achieve critical climate goals through innovative infrastructure and technology and look forward to expanding our relationship with Google as we deliver renewable energy that is local, reliable, and matched to load.”
The power purchase agreement supports Google’s commitment to operating entirely on carbon-free energy by 2030 by supporting the energy needs of the company’s data center in Midlothian and cloud region in Dallas. The agreement is Google’s largest combined clean energy transaction in Texas to date.
“Within the decade we’re aiming for every Google data center to operate on clean electricity every hour of every day,” said Sana Ouji, energy lead at Google. “This goal requires us to continue to grow our carbon-free energy portfolio. We’re excited to partner with SB Energy to bring online four solar projects that will meaningfully grow our portfolio of renewable energy projects in the region and bring additional clean energy jobs to Texas.
SB Energy’s four solar construction projects will create approximately 10,000 jobs. The solar arrays will primarily use U.S.-made First Solar modules manufactured at First Solar’s Ohio manufacturing plant.
“We are pleased to deploy nearly a gigawatt of solar capacity to Google,” said Supria Ranade, head of power marketing at SB Energy. “We’re proud that our customers know they can trust us to execute at a scale needed to achieve their climate goals.”
SB Energy currently owns and operates 1.7 GW of solar capacity and plans to start construction on an additional 1.3 GW by early next year.
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