REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced that for the first time it appears on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Green Power Users Lists, ranking 18th on the National Top 100 List of the largest green power users and sixth on the Tech & Telecom Green Power Users List. The company is using 300 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually in the U.S., which is enough green power to meet 25 percent of the organization's U.S. electricity use. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.
Highlights / Key Facts
- According to the U.S. EPA, Equinix's green power use of 300 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 28,000 average American homes annually. The organization defines green power as zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints.
- In September Equinix announced that it signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for 105 megawatts (MWAC) of new solar power with SunEdison, Inc. The purchase covers all of Equinix's California data centers, including 11 facilities located in the Los Angeles and Silicon Valley metro areas, as well as its Redwood City, California global headquarters. With this deployment, Equinix's data center footprint will increase its use of clean, renewable sources from 30 percent to 43 percent globally. This purchase largely contributed to Equinix being named to the EPA's lists of green power users.
- Earlier this year Equinix announced its commitment to 100 percent clean and renewable energy for its entire global footprint of 105 data centers located in 33 markets. For more information about Equinix's sustainability practices, please visit: http://www.equinix.com/company/green/.
- James Critchfield, manager of EPA's Green Power Partnership:
"EPA congratulates Equinix for its use of green power and taking a leadership position on the environment. Equinix's impressive green power commitment helps to reduce harmful air pollution and provides an excellent example for others in the Tech & Telecom sector."
- Sam Kapoor, chief global operations officer, Equinix:
"Equinix continues to make significant steps in closing the gap to becoming 100 percent renewable across our global footprint of data centers. We are honored to be named to the EPA's Green Power Partnership and Top Lists and named beside other progressive companies that value sustainable practices."
- Equinix to install Bloom Energy Fuel Cells at Silicon Valley Data Center [press release]
- Living By Our Principles and a Commitment to 100% Renewable Energy Use [blog]
- Greenpeace's 2015 Click Green Report [third-party report]
About EPA's Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,300 Partner organizations voluntarily using billions of 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.
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world's leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. In 33 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. www.equinix.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix services; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out or acquired data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see Equinix's recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
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