Telecommunications company T-Mobile US has announced that it plans to use 100% renewable energy by 2021, and that it has joined RE100, an international initiative that works with over 100 businesses to reduce their carbon footprints.
The company announced a power purchase agreement for 160 MW from a wind farm in Kansas owned by Infinity Renewables. The Solomon Forks Wind Project is the second major wind farm to provide energy to T-Mobile following the carrier’s deal with the Red Dirt Wind Project operated by Enel Green Power, in Oklahoma, which was also for 160 MW. These purchases will account for 60% of T-Mobile’s energy consumption in the US.
In order to rely exclusively on renewable energy, T-Mobile said it plans to purchase “enough wind power annually for every unit of electricity the company consumes.” It added that it is also only interested in working with smaller energy providers “that wouldn’t exist without T-Mobile’s involvement.”
The company’s president and CEO, John Legere, was enthusiastic about the moves for both environmental and financial reasons.
Referring to T-Mobile’s ‘Un-carrier’ marketing campaign, he said: “It’s the Un-carrier way to do the right thing by our customers, and moving to renewable energy is just a natural part of that.
“We expect to cut T-Mobile’s energy costs by around $100 million in the next 15 years thanks to this move.”
RE100 is a campaign spearheaded by the London-based Climate Group, a non-profit organisation that has worked with businesses to accelerate climate action since its founding in 2004. The group aims to reduce global warming to under two degrees, and serve as an international network using “the power of communication to build ambition and pace”, according to their website.
Since RE100’s launch in 2014, it has expanded to include companies such as Google and Facebook and, as of today, T-Mobile. Companies are required to publicly declare their intention to operate on 100% renewable electricity.
“The private sector accounts for around half of the world’s electricity consumption,” reads the RE100 website. “Switching this demand to renewables will accelerate the transformation of the global energy market and aid the transition to a low carbon economy.”