Green House Data has increased their purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) by 100% in 2011. Due to the company’s exceptional growth of cloud hosting and colocation services, paired with their voluntary commitment to 100% renewable energy, Green House Data has expanded their green power purchase to 1.8M kWh. This annual electricity purchase is equivalent to avoiding 1,303 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, or in other words, eliminating the green house gas emissions of approximately 250 cars each year.
Earlier in 2011, the company was recognized by being named to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Green Power Leadership Club, an honor given to organizations that have significantly exceeded the EPA Green Power Partnership’s minimum green power purchase requirements.
“As a data center, it’s important to acknowledge the effects of our energy use on our environment. As we continue to grow, our commitment to using 100% wind power will contribute even more to reducing green house gas emissions,” stated Shawn Mills, President, Green House Data. “Our goal is to be one of only a few companies in the category of information technology to make the EPA’s National Top 50 list.”
Non-hydropower renewable energy makes up less than 3% of U.S. energy infrastructure, with coal and natural gas making up approximately 68%. The technology is available to increase the amount of renewable energy, but creating onsite renewable energy for private use has many hurdles. Subsequently, Green House Data chooses to purchase RECs through Renewable Choice, a renewable energy and carbon measurement, management and offset firm. More than half of e-green tags are purchased not by requirements, but by independent buyers, such as Green House Data. Historically, purchases of RECs in the voluntary market (like those purchased by Green House Data) have outpaced purchases in the compliance market.
“By continuing to purchase 100 percent green power while growing their business, Green House Data is demonstrating that responsible environmental practices make good business sense,” said Blaine Collison, Director of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “We applaud Green House Data’s commitment to protect the environment by using green power and hope other organizations will follow their lead.”
About Green House Data
Green House Data is the Rocky Mountain Region’s first high-density data center powered by 100% renewable wind energy. The company’s green data center offers high-availability cloud hosting and colocation services at prices which are approximately ten percent less expensive than its competitors. Additional services from Green House Data include managed servers, managed storage, dedicated infrastructure, disaster recovery and offsite backup.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has close to 1,300 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing more than 21 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies, small and medium-sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.