HP signs deal with SunEdison to source wind power for its Texas data centres

21 July 2015 (Last Updated July 21st, 2015 18:30)

US-based technology firm Hewlett Packard (HP) has signed a 12-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with SunEdison for sourcing 112MW of wind power for its data centres in Texas.

US-based technology firm Hewlett Packard (HP) has signed a 12-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with SunEdison for sourcing 112MW of wind power for its data centres in Texas.

The deal is in-line with HP’s strategy to meet its 2020 targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions five years ahead of schedule.

The locally generated power will be sufficient to support 100% of HP’s data centre operations.

Under the deal, HP will buy enough wind power to meet the annual energy requirements of 42,600 homes, which will help reduce more than 340,000t of carbon dioxide emissions every year.

"The locally generated power will be sufficient to support 100% of HP’s data centre operations."

HP maintains five data centres in the US state, which are located in Houston, Hockley, Plano, and two in Austin.

Spread over 1.5 million ft², the operations support the firm’s worldwide internal information technology (IT) requirements and delivery of IT services to a section of its customers.

HP Corporate Affairs vice-president and chief progress officer Gabi Zedlmayer said: "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.

"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."

The deal has encouraged SunEdison to start developing the 300MW South Plains II wind farm in the state.

SunEdison Americas and EMEA executive vice-president Paul Gaynor said: "Wind generated electricity represents a good business opportunity for Texas and for HP.

"By powering their data centres 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."