Digital Realty expands renewable energy, sustainability initiatives

Wednesday 6 December 2017 | 10:22 CET | News
Digital Realty announced it's expanding its renewable energy and sustainability initiatives with two long-term agreements to source approximately 324,000 additional megawatt-hours of renewable wind and solar power annually for the company's Chicago and Ashburn data centre properties. The company entered deals with Leeward Renewable Energy and SunEnergy. The output will supply Digital Realty's newly expanded 'Clean Start Program,' which makes the benefits of renewable energy available to customers interested in procuring net-new, locally produced renewable energy at competitive rates through their data centre supplier.


The first agreement, with Leeward Renewable Energy, will supply Digital Realty's Chicago data centres with an anticipated 276,000 megawatt-hours of renewable wind power annually.  The second agreement, with SunEnergy, will supply Digital Realty's Ashburn data centres with 48,000 megawatt-hours of renewable solar power annually. Both projects are expected to come online in 2018. Digital Realty was assisted in the contracting process by advisory firm Schneider Electric-Renewable Choice Energy.

The agreements will increase the quantity of renewable energy sourced for the company's owned and managed data centres in the U.S. by 80 percent.  Following the expansion, Digital Realty will have contracted for approximately 721,000 megawatt-hours of renewable generation annually through long-term contracts, avoiding approximately 515,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.  The environmental benefits from Digital Realty's renewable energy sourcing efforts will have an impact comparable to meeting the energy needs of 55,000 U.S. homes per year.

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