SunEdison Powers-up HP Data Center; Brings Down Carbon Footprint in Business

By CIOReview | Thursday, August 6, 2015

PALO ALTO, CA: Continuing with the efforts to lower down the carbon footprint, HP signs a  12 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for 112 MW of wind power with SunEdison, a renewable energy development company, to support clean data centers in Texas.

This amount of power is expected to suffice, to run the whole Texas based data center operation of HP. The wind electricity generated will be equivalent of powering 42,600 homes each year, and will avoid the emission of more than 340,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

By end of FY15, the agreement will allow HP to reach its 2020 operational green house gas (GHG) reduction goal. The main purpose was to reduce the level of GHG emission of 2010 by 20 percent in 2020.

"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," says Gabi Zedlmayer, Vice President and Chief Progress Officer, Corporate Affairs, HP.

HP approach for sustainable development also includes innovating breakthrough energy-optimized technology such as HP Moonshot servers, deploying extremely efficient data centers such as the EcoPod240a, and advancing the quantity of renewable power supply available to the grid.

HP's commitment to purchase this power has enabled SunEdison to begin construction on the South Plains II wind farm in Texas. The wind farm is on the Call Right Project List for TerraForm Power, a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants. This wind farm is expected to create more than 400 local construction jobs and up to 15 permanent jobs once the project is completed.

Both HP and SunEdison are among the founding members of the Business Renewable Center, a non-profit organization created last year to facilitate large-scale corporate purchases of renewable energy.

 "By powering their data centers with renewable energy, HP is taking an important step toward a clean energy future while lowering their operating costs. At the same time, HP's commitment allows us to build this project which creates valuable local jobs and ensures Texan electricity customers get cost-effective energy," says Paul Gaynor, Executive Vice President, Americas and EMEA, SunEdison.