HP Signs Agreement to Power Texas Data Centers with Renewable Energy
On July 21, HP announced that it had signed a 12-year agreement with wind-farmer, SunEdison, to obtain renewable energy to power its massive data center in Texas. This is just the first step in HP’s plans to lower carbon emission by converting each data center to a green data center, one at a time.
HP is joining a list of companies that have started renewable-energy projects in order to make up for all of the non-renewable energy that is being used by their data centers. In addition to HP, Google, Facebook and Microsoft, Amazon has also made similar deals to convert to renewable energy. Amazon and Facebook were the most recent to begin converting to renewable energy.
According to Rambler Newspaper, the 12-year contract is expected to provide enough energy to power all of HP’s Texas data centers. The IT giant is working towards having all of their data centers using renewable energy and reduce their emissions by 20% by the year 2020. That is good news because currently data centers consume 30% of the total electricity used in the entire world, as reported by a study conducted in Belgium. Data center news websites all over the world have been releasing articles regarding HP’s decision.
SunEdison’s CDO Kurt Adams told the New York Times that he’s not surprised by data center companies looking for more “stable-priced energy” sources. Along with stable prices, it also helps these companies meet sustainability goals and helps show shareholders and customers that they are serious about getting involved in preventing climate change by reducing greenhouse emissions.
There are various companies who have chosen to use renewable energy. In fact, HP is one of the biggest users of renewable energy in the US today. The biggest user of renewable energy in the US is Intel, who uses 3 million MWh to power its data centers, offices and manufacturing facilities. Microsoft is the second biggest user of renewable energy in the US followed by Google and then Apple. A lot more companies are expected to convert to renewable energy in the next few years and it is certain that the lowering costs will also help make this option a desirable one.