QTS has announced four more of its data centers are now utilizing renewable energy to power operations.
The company announced its Hillsboro, Oregon; Fort Worth, Texas; and Richmond, Virginia facilities in the US, and its Eemshaven data center in the Netherlands are now powered by a mix of solar, wind, and hydroelectric energy.
“Today’s announcement is another significant step towards our goal of procuring 100 percent of our power from renewable energy sources by 2025,” said Travis Wright, VP of energy and sustainability, QTS. “Renewable energy is a cornerstone of our ESG program that documents our commitment to minimizing our carbon footprint through advanced development and procurement initiatives.
The QTS Hillsboro facility purchases renewable energy certificates from the Three Peaks Power, LLC solar facility in Utah through Calpine Energy Solutions. Calpine also provides renewable power to the Richmond facility. QTS Eemshaven purchases environmental attributes from Dutch wind and Nordic hydro sources totaling more than 20 gigawatt hours.
QTS already had four other facilities – Irving, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Piscataway, New Jersey; and Groningen, the Netherlands – powered by renewable energy. The company aims to procure 100 percent of the power required for all of its data centers from renewable sources by 2025 and says currently around 36 percent of its facilities meet that goal.
This week Amazon announced investments in nine renewable energy projects in Europe and North America. The company is now providing 8.5GW of renewable energy across more than 200 projects. Google has invested in 50 renewable energy projects with a combined capacity of 5.5 gigawatts, and Facebook has contracts in place for 63 projects producing more than 6GW of wind and solar energy across 18 states and five countries.