As Google's presence in Texas continues to grow, Google has found a partner in Texas to satisfy one third of its global solar portfolio goals. Google announced last year that they would be growing their energy portfolio with PPA's across 3 states. 490MW in Texas, 155MW in North Carolina and, 75MW in South Carolina totaling 720MW.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that most of the company’s renewable energy purchases in the US were wind-driven up until last year, but the declining cost of solar “made harnessing the sun increasingly cost-effective”.
Google, with 1,107MW, was second only to Facebook (1,546MW) last year in terms of corporate renewable energy procurement in the US, according to the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance.
Candela Renewables, which was founded in 2018 by former First Solar employees, has a portfolio of more than 3.6GW of utility-scale solar projects and 2.2GW of co-located energy storage.
“The team at Candela has pushed itself to not just develop renewable power and storage, but to create projects and find partners that move the entire industry forward in innovative ways that have an impact beyond an individual piece of infrastructure,” the company said.