Taking a step toward carbon neutrality, Google has purchased a large share of the 200,000 to 300,000 metric tons of carbon offsets that will be created through landfill waste-to-energy operations in Berkeley, South Carolina. The Berkeley Green Power Project, a joint venture with the Berkeley County Water & Sanitation, Blue Source and Santee Cooper, will capture and flare landfill gas to produce about 3 MW of electricity—enough to power 15,000 homes in the Southeast. The carbon offsets created by the project equal the emissions from electricity used by approximately 30,000 to 45,0000 US households annually.
This partnership is the most recent in a string of Google’s research and investment in renewable energy sources. In April, the company invested $38.8 million in two North Dakota wind farms developed by NextEra Energy Resources.