By Editors of Power Engineering
T-Mobile announced it has signed a power purchase agreement for another 160 MW of wind energy and plans to procure all of its electricity from renewable resources by 2021.
The mobile carrier’s latest contract is from Solomon Forks Wind Project in Kansas, being developed by Infinity Renewables for activation in early 2019. T-Mobile’s first major wind PPA was with the Red Forks Wind Power Project in Oklahoma, also for 160 MW.
The purchases now account for 60 percent of T-Mobile’s total energy consumption in the United States.
“It’s the Un-carrier way to do the right thing by our customers, and moving to renewable energy is just a natural part of that,” said John Legere, president and CEO at T-Mobile. “And it’s not just the right thing to do – it’s smart business! We expect to cut T-Mobile’s energy costs by around $100 million in the next 15 years thanks to this move. Imagine the awesome things we can do for our customers with that!”
T-Mobile’s strategy going forward is to only purchase wind power from facilities under development “that wouldn’t exist without T-Mobile’s involvement.”
T-Mobile announced the company has joined RE100, an organization founded by The Climate Group to encourage the use of renewable energy. Nike, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other businesses are part of RE100.