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Google to run on wind in Finland

10-year deal with O2 and Allianz to buy energy from Swedish farm

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Google has signed a 10-year deal with Nordic developer O2 and Allianz to power its Finnish data centre with energy from a 72MW wind farm.

The facility at Maevaara in Övertorneå and Pajala municipality in northern Sweden will be built by O2 and is funded by German insurance company Allianz, which will assume ownership when it goes live in early 2015.

Google has committed more than $1bn to renewables projects globally and said the move would make its already energy-efficient centre “even more sustainable”.

Global Infrastructure Team senior manager Francois Sterin said: “It also makes long-term financial sense. That’s why, in addition to protecting ourselves against future increases in power prices through long-term purchasing for our operations, we also invest in new renewable energy projects that will deliver a return for our money.”

Image: the data centre in Hamina, Finalnd (Google)

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