Salesforce Advocates for Clean Energy and Net-zero Carbon Emissions

By CIOReview | Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Salesforce is looking forward to power its global operations entirely with renewable energy. The company announces a twelve-year deal with a wind farm in West Virginia to buy 40 MW of wind power. The virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) is to finance the new wind farm that is expected to produce 125,000 megawatt hours of energy annually.

The wind farm will deliver clean and renewable energy to the regional grid that powers majority of Salesforce datacenter load, reports Patrick Flynn for Salesforce blog. Believing that the cloud should be powered by clean sources of energy, the company has joined RE100 which is a group of influential businesses that are working towards increasing corporate demand for renewable energy.

The transition to a low carbon economy and transformation of the global energy market can be accelerated by switching to renewable energy as the enterprise sector is currently accounted for consuming more than half of the world’s electricity.

The company says that development of renewable is an important part of their sustainability strategy. It has become a founding member of the Business Renewables Center (BRC) that streamlines and accelerates the procurement of wind and utility-scale solar energy along with forty three signatories who have developed the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyer’s Principles. It has also committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Salesforce is also a participant in the LEED Volume Program, which means that all of their large build outs globally will be LEED certified. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.