Acciona Inks Deal to Supply Google’s Chile Datacenter With Solar Power

Acciona Energía has inked a deal with Google to supply the web giant’s datacenter in Chile with with solar power.

The supply will come from the 80-megawatt El Romero project that ACCIONA is building in the Atacama Region.El Romero will be able to inject power into Chile’s central electricity grid, which is the same grid that Google’s data center draws its energy from, when the project comes online in 2017.

Located in the Vallenar community of the Atacama Region, the solar plant will cover an approximate area of 280 hectares, with a solar field area of 1.5 million of m2, which amounts to 211 football pitches. Construction of the project has already started.

“We have entered a series of contracts worldwide that will nearly double our renewable power globally, from 1.2GW to 2GW, and we‘re working to power 100% of our operations this way,” said Sam Arons, Manager of Energy and Infrastructure at Google. The El Romero Project is a key project for us, since it represents not only our first large-scale purchase of renewable energy in Latin America, but it’s also one of our first datacenter solar contracts. It will allow us to power our data center with renewable energy coming fully from the sun”.

Located in the Vallenar community of the Atacama Region, the solar plant will cover an approximate area of 280 hectares, with a solar field area of 1.5 million of m2, which amounts to 211 football pitches.

 

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