Google is the first company to announce its participation in Duke Energy Carolinas’ Green Source Rider program, which is designed to give energy-intensive customers the option of offsetting some or all of their energy consumption with renewable energy.
In 2013, Google announced an additional $600 million investment to expand its Caldwell County, North Carolina data center.
“Google was a driver behind Duke Energy seeking approval for the Green Source Rider,” said Rob Cardwell, senior VP of Distributed Energy Resources. “Having Google as the first company to publicly announce its participation is extremely satisfying. We believe this will lead to similar announcements in the future.”
Under the Green Source Rider program, Duke Energy secured a power purchase agreement with Rutherford Farms LLC for the capacity of a new 61-MW solar project being built in Rutherford County. The farm’s output will help power Google’s Caldwell County data center.
“We’ve agreed to purchase 1.2 GW of renewable power globally and we’re working to power 100 percent of our operations with renewables,” said Gary Demasi, Google’s head of Data Center Energy and Location Strategy. “As we pursue that goal, this is a really big moment for us and we’re thrilled to have created this program with Duke Energy. Not only does it enable us to purchase renewable energy for our North Carolina operations, it will empower others in the state to do the same.”
Duke Energy has invested more than $4 billion over the past eight years in wind and solar facilities across the country. The company plans an additional investment of about $3 billion over the next five years.