4 December 2015

Solar Powerplant will supply Google’s data center in Chile

Located in Atacama, the photovoltaic plant will be the largest in Latin America and will produce 500 gw of solar power to feed Google’s data center.

 

The people of Google came to an agreement with the Spanish company Acciona. Their energetic project seeks to generate electricity from 100% renewable sources for the processing data center Google has installed in Chile. This contract is part of an international bidding process driven by the US company.

“We are working to bring renewable energy into all of our operations. The El Romero project is key in this scheme (…), representing our first large scale purchase in renewable energy in Latin America”, said Sam Arons, Google’s Energy and Infrastructure Manager.

Placed in Vallenar, the solar plant will occupy a total area of 280 hectares, with an area of 1.5 million square meters of solar collection, equivalent to 211 football fields. At the same time, El Romero will count with approximately 196 MW of power which will produce, approximately, 500 GW of electricity per hour, avoiding the emission of over 473.000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

“Initiatives like Google’s make it possible to develop projects as ambitious as El Romero renewable solar energy plant, and give importance to clean energy projects in a sustainable energy model for Chile and the world,” said José Ignacio Escobar, CEO of ACCIONA energy Chile.

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