Equinix, a global interconnection and data center company, announced it has been ranked 16th by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the National Top 100 List of the largest green power users.
Equinix uses more than 571 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which represents 43 percent of its total U.S. power needs. Equinix’s choice to use green power is helping to advance the green power market and support clean renewable energy alternatives for itself and its customers.
Equinix’s use of green power has increased to 571 million kWh (representing 43 percent of U.S. load) in 2016 from last reported 306 million kWh (spanning September 2015 to August 2016), representing 25 percent of its U.S. load during that time, as reported in the EPA’s April 2016 Top 100 report.
Equinix was ranked number seven on the EPA’s Top 30 Tech and Telecom companies list, behind industry leaders such as Intel, Microsoft, Google and Apple. It also had the highest percentage of its total U.S. power needs supplied by green energy of any Data Center and Interconnection provider.
According to the U.S. EPA, Equinix’s green power use of more than 571 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 52,000 average American homes annually.
Equinix has also been commended for its long-term commitment to using green power as it also appears on the EPA’s Long-term Green Power Contracts list in recognition of the company’s 15-year commitment to purchase green power.
Equinix is committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy for its entire global footprint of more than 175 data centers located in 44 markets.
Sam Kapoor, chief global operations officer, Equinix, commented, “This past year, Equinix has achieved a major milestone by bringing two new wind farms online. Equinix is on track to be 50 percent renewable globally by the end of 2017 and is progressing steadily towards our goal to use 100 percent clean and renewable energy.”