Google’s data centers, offices will use 100% renewable energy in 2017

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Google will power 100 percent of its sprawling data centers and offices with renewable energy starting next year.

The tech giant on Tuesday said it had bought enough wind and solar power to account for all the electricity it uses globally each year. That means the servers handling your Google Maps requests, storing your backlog of unread Gmails and holding the work of aspiring YouTube stars will use only emissions-free energy. 

Last year, just 44 percent of Google’s power supplies came from renewables, the company said.

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