Google signs first solar PPA in Asia

Published onJanuary 24, 2019

Global technology giant Google this week announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase the output from a 10 MW PV installation in Tainan City, Taiwan, to power its Changhua County data center on the island’s west coast. The agreement represents Google’s first move to procure renewable energy anywhere in Asia, and the first agreement made since a recent change to Taiwan’s Electricity Act allowed non-utility companies to buy renewable energy directly.

Google has signed a long-term agreement with several Taiwanese energy players, for the purchase of power generated at a 10 MW solar array (part of a larger PV power plant) to be constructed at a commercial fishing pond close to Tainan City, around 100 km south of Google’s Taiwan data center in Changhua County. Both will be connected to the same regional grid. The move represents Google’s first move to procure energy via a corporate PPA anywhere in Asia. The company notes that it is already the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy, having signed on to more than 30 solar and wind projects across Europe and the Americas. Most recently, it announced a plan to construct more than 400 MW of solar power capacity in the U.S. states of Alabama and Tennessee. Key to the new agreement in Taiwan is a recent change to the island’s electricity regulations, which allows non-utility companies to purchase energy directly.