Adding clean and renewable energy to the grid

We are committed to powering our owned and leased data center operations with clean and renewable energy. In 2012, we set a goal of reaching 25% clean and renewable energy in our electricity supply mix in 2015 for all data centers — which we exceeded. In 2015, we doubled that target — and are now aiming to have at least 50% clean and renewable energy in our mix in 2018.

We power our data centers in Luleå, Sweden, and Altoona, Iowa, with 100% clean and renewable energy (as tracked by renewable energy certificates). We are actively pursuing renewable energy options in the other regions where we operate data centers.

In Altoona, we worked with the local utility and a local developer to add 140 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy to the grid. That’s enough energy to power more than 40,000 average Iowa homes. We’ll also power our most recently announced data centers in Fort Worth, Texas, and Clonee, Ireland, with 100% wind energy.

Access to cost-effective renewable energy is one of our primary site-selection criteria. Unfortunately, procuring such energy solutions is more difficult than it should be — not just for us but for other companies too. That’s why, as we work with utilities and developers to help bring additional sources of clean and renewable energy online to power our data centers, we also openly share our “playbook” and work to make our developments replicable by other companies. It’s also why we are working with an NGO-led coalition called the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance that identifies barriers to companies buying clean energy and systematically removes them.