Google announced on Tuesday that it will invest 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) in Germany's cloud computing infrastructure and increase the usage of renewable energy by 2030.
The internet behemoth announced plans to build two cloud computing centers in the Berlin area and in Hanau, near Frankfurt’s DE-CIX data exchange.
According to Engie, 80 percent of the electricity would be generated from carbon-free sources, including a new solar park and 22 current wind farms in Germany. Google has stated that it plans to use 100% renewable energy by 2030.
Google announced it would buy more than 140 megawatts of electricity from Engie’s German affiliate in the next years to power its data centers.
The announcement was hailed by Germany’s economy minister, Peter Altmaier, as a “powerful signal” for renewable energy and digital infrastructure.