View from a wind turbine at Maevaara which generates electricity for Google’s data centre in Finland. Photo: Ulrich Mertens
Google has been presented with the Swedish Renewable Energy Award 2015 by Svensk Vindenergi. One of the judges’ comments was: “Google has shown its commitment to combating climate change by switching its computer halls to renewable energy.” OX2 is currently in process of building phase 2 of the Maevaara wind farm – one of the wind farms which supplies Google with renewable electricity.
On 4 November, the Swedish Renewable Energy Award 2015 was presented by Charlotte Unger, CEO of Svensk Vindenergi, during the ”Wind – A renewable Europe?” conference at the Waterfront Center in Stockholm. The winner of the award was Google and its Country Director for Sweden, Anders Berglund.
The judges’ commented: Google has shown its commitment to combating climate change by switching its computer halls to renewable energy. The partnerships they have entered into take them one step further by ensuring that new renewable production capacity will be added. The investments in Sweden can also provide inspiration for a more international approach to energy issues.
“We hope that Google will encourage and inspire other companies to invest in renewable energy” Charlotte Unger, CEO of Svensk Vindenergi
“As the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy and after signing two wind power agreements in Sweden in recent years, we are extremely happy to receive this award. Google’s goal is to continue its investment to ensure that, over the next few years, we can boost the proportion of renewable energy we use and, at the same time, add further capacity to the network”, says Anders Berglund, Country Director for Sweden, Google.
OX2 is currently building the second phase of the Maevaara wind farm in Norrbotten County. Last winter, the 24 wind turbines in phase 1 were brought on-stream, and the foundations for a further 10 turbines are currently being cast as part of phase 2. The whole wind farm is expected to be fully commissioned by autumn 2016. Maevaara wind farm is expected to have a total nameplate capacity of 105 MW. The wind farm is owned by the German insurance company, Allianz, and Google will be using the electricity to power its data centre in Hamina, Finland.
“Google’s investments in Sweden are a great example of how to apply a cross-border approach, with wind power energy from Sweden supplying, for example, the computer halls in Finland. We hope that Google will encourage and inspire other companies to invest in renewable energy”, says Charlotte Unger, CEO of Svensk Vindenergi.