Google has rolled out its first clean energy project in Asia. The search engine giant announced that it has signed a long-term agreement with several Taiwanese energy companies and the Taiwanese government. The agreement will allow the Google to utilize the output of 10-megawatt solar array in the Tainan City of Taiwan which is located 100 km south if its data center in the country.
The solar array will be linked to the power grid located at Google data center in Chuanghua County. The solar panels will be mounted on poles which will be placed in commercial fishing ponds. Fishing pond owners will be compensated for the usage of their ponds. According to Marsden Hanna, Google’s energy and infrastructure lead, this will maximize land use efficiency and will not harm the local ecology as fish and solar panels can coexist peacefully.
Taiwan government recently established a new policy which aims at eliminating nuclear energy by 2025 and increasing the amount of electric power produced from renewable energy sources to 20%. Google is the first corporate entity to seize the opportunity. The search engine giant has several clean energy projects spread across Europe as well as North and South America.
The agreement will allow Google to avail a fixed electricity price for its operations in Taiwan. “For Google, the solar purchase agreement provides a long-term and fixed electricity price to support our operations in Taiwan; it will also boost the carbon-free profile of our local data center,” according to the blog.
The clean energy project is developed in collaboration with Diode Ventures, Taiyen Green Energy, J&V Energy, and New Green Power. “The Taiwanese energy developer New Green Power will deploy 40,000 solar panels for Google across commercial fishing ponds, in a way that maximizes land-use efficiency and benefits local aquaculture workers,” according to the Google blog.
“As the Taiwanese government pursues further measures to remove market barriers and reduce renewable energy costs, we’re hopeful that more companies will purchase renewable energy, driving even larger projects across Taiwan,” said Hanna.
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