Technology giant Google will invest around one billion euros in digital infrastructure and green electricity in Germany over the next ten years.
Google is expanding its cloud centre in Hanua, near Frankfurt in western Germany, to 10,000 square meters. The company also wants a new installation to store internet data in the Berlin-Brandenburg region, in eastern Germany. In addition, Google wants to put its most significant competitors for cloud services, Microsoft and Amazon, to the fire.
To keep this energy-consuming digital infrastructure running, Google will also invest massively in solar and wind energy. That should provide up to eighty percent of the necessary power. It is an essential step in our goal to be carbon-free by 2030. The German subsidiary of Engie will be responsible for constructing the solar panels and wind turbines, good for 140 megawatts.
The German government responded with satisfaction to Google’s announcement. German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier on Tuesday called it “a strong signal” for the attractiveness of Europe’s largest economy. Google already has four sites in Germany: in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich, employing about 2,500 people.