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Georgia Approves Corporate Renewables Program With Southern

Atlanta Business Chronicle:

The state of Georgia gave its blessing to fuel a new program that lets major corporate players buy renewable energy directly from Georgia Power.

Google announced Tuesday that the state approved a partnership involving Walmart Inc., Target Corp., Johnson & Johnson, and Alphabet Inc., for a “first of its kind” program in Georgia that allows companies to buy renewable energy directly through the state’s largest utility. 

Through this program, Google said it will procure 78.8 megawatts of solar energy for its Douglas County, Georgia data center. Google said it’s part of an effort to use renewable energy in every market it operates. The program passes the costs of renewable energy infrastructure to corporate buyers while adding low-cost, renewable electricity to the state’s energy portfolio, Google said.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company described the partnership with Georgia Power, a subsidiary of The Southern Co., and other major corporate energy buyers as a “testament to the important role that businesses can play in unlocking access to renewable energy.”

Google said the program greenlights construction of new two solar energy projects totaling 177 megawatts of power. The projects are scheduled for completion in 2019 and 2020.

More: Google To Power Georgia Data Center With Solar Energy

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