ENVIRONMENT, POWER UTILITY | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Google sets eyes on buying more renewables for its data centers in Asia

It revealed funding for resource solution centre in Taiwan.

Google is very vocal on its goal to power 100% of its operations with renewable power by 2025. Just recently it has announced that it is going to providing seed funding to the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), which the firm hopes will be the first step to establish such programs across Asia, starting in Taiwan. CRS has over 20 years of experience developing and operating renewable energy certification programs.

Marsden Hanna, Global Energy Policy and Strategy, wrote in a Google blog post, "These kinds of programs are key in helping companies like Google actually know that the power we are buying comes from a renewable source. They work by “tagging” each MWh of energy generated from a source like wind or solar as renewable, which creates a renewable energy certificate (“REC”). This is especially important to us in Taiwan, where we are actively looking to purchase renewable energy for our data center."

Data centers in Taiwan and Singapore grab the lion's share of Google's electricity consumption in Asia.

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