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Google opens first 100% renewable energy data center

Google has opened its first data center powered by 100% renewable energy in Eemshaven, the Netherlands.
Google opens first 100% renewable energy data center

The $640 million data center, which supports cloud computing services, includes almost 1,000 miles of computer cables, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Dutch Daily News.

The Eemshaven data center is Google’s fourth data center in Europe and took two years to complete. It is the first Google data center to run on 100 percent renewable energy, sourced from a nearby wind farm in Delfzijl.

Google chose Eemshaven because of the region’s tech infrastructure, central location, and nearby universities. Eemshaven also offers valuable natural resources like wind power, water, and available land.

Google is the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy. The company also recently announced that all of its global operations will run on renewable energy by 2017.