SoftLayer® Technologies, Inc., the innovative provider of Cloud, Dedicated, and seamlessly integrated environments today announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase renewable energy from Green Mountain Energy Company for SoftLayer’s data centers in Dallas and Houston. Green Mountain is the nation’s leading competitive retail provider of cleaner energy and carbon offset solutions.
Beginning in October 2011, SoftLayer will purchase more than 10 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of Texas wind power to offset 10 percent of the electricity for three of its Dallas data centers and three of its Houston data centers.
“SoftLayer is very excited to partner with Green Mountain Energy Company,” said George Karidis, Chief Strategy Officer, SoftLayer Technologies. “As our operations grow and our industry expands overall, we believe it is extremely important to be responsible in how we operate our data centers and keep our environmental footprint as small as possible.”
“Green Mountain applauds SoftLayer for demonstrating leadership in sustainable business practices through this purchase of green power for several of its facilities,” said Scott Hart, President of Commercial Services, Green Mountain Energy Company. “This renewable energy purchase further supports Green Mountain’s mission to change the way power is made and helps SoftLayer demonstrate its stakeholders that it cares about the environment.”
With this purchase of clean energy, SoftLayer will avoid over 12 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually. This is the equivalent to not driving over 11.5 million miles or as much as nearly 750,000 trees can absorb in one year.
The renewable energy to supply SoftLayer’s locations will be purchased in the form of Texas wind Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) by Green Mountain. Purchasing over 10 million kWh of RECs in to match 10% of SoftLayer’s electricity consumption ensures that this amount of energy is added to the U.S. power grid from renewable sources and supports the further development of these clean energy projects.”
About Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain (GreenMountain.com), the nation’s leading competitive retail provider of cleaner energy and carbon offset solutions, was founded in 1997 to “change the way power is made.” The company is the longest serving green power marketer in the U.S. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of clean electricity products from renewable sources, such as wind, as well as a variety of carbon offset products. Green Mountain’s largest customer is the “world’s most famous office building,” the Empire State Building in New York City. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid over 11.3 billion pounds of CO2 emissions. As a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG), Green Mountain is back by one of the nation’s largest renewable power producers.
About SoftLayer Technologies®, Inc.
Headquartered in Dallas, SoftLayer (softlayer.com) is the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting. SoftLayer provides cloud, dedicated, and seamlessly integrated computing environments, with world-class data centers in Dallas, Houston, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington D.C., and network Points of Presence nationwide. The company integrates and automates all elements of its platform, empowering enterprises of any size with complete control, security, scalability, and ease-of-management via a leading Customer Portal and Open API. For more information, please visit the website or call 866.398.7638.