The New Google and Blackrock partnership – Solar Energy and Taiwan

Google and BlackRock Partner to Boost Solar Energy Capacity in Taiwan

Google and BlackRock have announced a strategic partnership to develop a 1 gigawatt pipeline of new solar capacity in Taiwan. This collaboration aims to enhance energy capacity and reduce carbon emissions, addressing the growing energy demands driven by the artificial intelligence boom.

Enhancing Renewable Energy Infrastructure

Google’s investment, yet to be approved by regulators, will support Taiwanese solar developer New Green Power, a BlackRock portfolio firm, in building large-scale solar projects. Although the specific investment amount was not disclosed, this move is a significant step towards achieving Google’s goal of net-zero emissions across all operations and value chains by 2030.

Powering Data Centers and Beyond

The newly developed solar capacity will primarily power Google’s data centers and cloud region in Taiwan. Additionally, some of this clean energy will be allocated to Google’s chip suppliers and manufacturers in the region. This initiative is expected to procure up to 300 megawatts of solar energy through power purchase agreements (PPAs) and Taiwan Renewable Energy Certificates (T-RECS), supporting the electricity demands of Google’s data center campus, cloud region, and office operations in Taiwan.


Addressing Energy-Intensive Operations

Taiwan is a global leader in semiconductor chip production, accounting for nearly 60% of the world’s supply and an even larger share of advanced AI processors. These chip fabrication facilities are among the most energy-intensive in the world. Despite Taiwan’s prowess in semiconductor manufacturing, about 97% of its energy is derived from non-renewable sources such as coal and natural gas. This disparity underscores the urgent need to boost renewable energy sources in the region.

Strategic Industry Insights

David Giordano, BlackRock’s global head of climate infrastructure, highlighted the importance of investing in clean energy amidst the rising demand for digital services powered by AI and data-centric technologies. Singapore, too, has emphasized the necessity of green data centers to meet the energy demands of artificial intelligence, aiming to provide at least 300 megawatts of additional capacity through green energy deployments.

Renewable Energy in the Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region is witnessing strong growth in renewable energy development, albeit from a low base. According to a Boston Consulting Group report, renewable energy is expected to constitute 30% to 50% of the energy mix in most markets in the region by 2030. This transition will require significant investments to meet the ambitious targets.

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