With millions of users searching Google every day, the world’s most popular search engine needs an army of servers to deal with the sheer volume of demands. Maintaining servers consume a lot of energy, which is why Google has made a huge commitment towards developing sources of clean energy.
For some time, Google has been making the move towards using more alternative energy sources such as solar and wind, spending upwards of $1 billion on clean electricity to pour data centers. In the last quarter, it’s reported that Google spent as much as $2.25 billion on infrastructure and data centers, both of which leave behind a large carbon footprint for the company to fill up.
Google isn’t alone in its towering energy consumption list, though; other Silicon Valley giants such as Microsoft, Facebook and Apple all consume similarly gigantic amounts of electricity. As these top tech companies race to be the leaders in clean energy, Google seems to be pulling ahead of the pack.
“We’ve invested over a billion dollars in 15 projects that have the capacity to produce two gigawatts of power around the world,” said Google’s director of energy and sustainability, Rick Needham.