Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HP to Power its Texas Data Centers with Wind Energy

HP has signed a 12-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for 112 megawatts (MW) of wind power with SunEdison.  The locally generated wind electricity is sufficient to power 100 percent of HP’s Texas-based data center operations, which span approximately 1.5 million square feet and support HP’s entire internal global information technology (IT) requirements as well as some customer accounts. HP currently operates five data centers in Texas, located in Houston, Hockley, Plano, and two in Austin.

HP said the deal enables it to reach its 2020 operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal by the end of FY15, five years ahead of schedule. That goal originally aimed to reduce total GHG emissions from its operations (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 20 percent of 2010 levels by 2020. The deal has also enabled SunEdison to begin construction on the South Plains II wind farm in Texas, which when completed will generate 300 MW of power.

“This agreement represents the latest step we are taking on HP’s journey to reduce our carbon footprint across our entire value chain, while creating a stronger, more resilient company and a sustainable world,” said Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president and chief progress officer, Corporate Affairs, HP. “It’s an important milestone in driving HP Living Progress as we work to create a better future for everyone through our actions and innovations.”