Dutch windmills to power Google’s Dutch data center

The Netherlands is famous for its windmills, which over the years have been used to saw wood, mill corn, pump water and much more. Now, a new generation of Dutch windmill – wind turbines – will power a very 21st century facility: Google’s new EUR 600m Dutch data center, currently under construction in the north of the Netherlands.

Google and Eneco, Eneco, a leading Dutch renewable power company announced that Google will buy the entire output of a new wind farm, currently being built at Delfzijl, Netherlands, for a period of ten years, starting early 2016. The deal ensures that Google’s new EUR 600m data center, currently under construction at the Eemshaven, Netherlands, will be powered 100% by locally generated renewable energy from its first day of operation, scheduled for the first half of 2016.

The agreement with Eneco is Google’s third power purchase agreement (PPA) in Europe over the last 18 months, and is the eighth such agreement globally to procure renewable energy for its data centers.

Eneco has already started construction of the new wind farm at Delfzijl. The construction of the 19-turbine project, with a total combined capacity of 62MW, will provide 80 jobs for local contractors over the building period of 18 months.

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