Google to Invest In Green Energy by Building New Data Center

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Danish business on November 20, 2018 said that Alphabet Inc’s Google will be investing 4.5 billion Danish crowns (US$ 690 million) to build a new data center in Fredericia, Denmark

Denmark is home to a large wind energy sector that includes turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems and offshore wind farm developer Orsted. Google also decided to actively pursue new green investment opportunities in Denmark and is evaluating a number of projects within onshore and offshore wind energy and solar energy, it said without naming any business partners. In September 2018, Google signed a 10-year deal to buy renewable energy from three new wind farms that are being built in Finland, which will power one of its data centers. The new data center in Fredericia will employ 150 to 200 staff once it is completed in 2021, according to the plans.

Besides Fredericia, in 2017, Google bought another plot in Denmark, in Aabenraa, next to a planned Apple Inc. data center. Other competitive market players such as Facebook has also planned a data center in Denmark. Apple first announced its own plans for Danish data centers back in 2015. This was, at the time, the largest foreign capital investment in the country’s history. The first center opened in 2017, while the second is expected to go online next year. Apple likewise powers its data centers entirely from renewable energy. In addition to the contract to buy green energy for the Google data center, the company is also considering investments in a range of wind and solar power projects in the country.

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