Following major reports out from world entities showing the peril the world is facing because of energy use and climate change, major tech companies are continuing to boost their use of renewable energy. Last week, for instance, both Facebook and T-Mobile announced more clean energy. At the same time utilities, like Duke Energy, are boosting the amount of renewable energy they make available to commercial entities.
PNM Resources announced it will add in two new 50 megawatt (MW) solar farms in New Mexico. The 100 MWs of solar power will power Facebook’s datacenter in Los Lunas, NM. The solar farms will allow the datacenter, when completed, to run on 100 percent renewable energy. The utility will provide power from the solar farms at a rate of $30.25 per megawatt-hour.
Earlier in October T-Mobile was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of its Green Power Partners in 2018 for its commitment to green energy. Last week, the mobile carrier announced that by 2021 its headquarters will be 100% powered by green energy under a new partnership with Puget Sound Energy. The mobile carrier said it is the first in the US to go 100 percent clean energy.
In South Carolina, Duke Energy wants to boost the amount of renewable energy it’s making available to commercial entities. The utility wants to add in 150 MWs of new solar power that companies can buy energy from. Under the proposal companies can get their electricity from solar projects through its Green Source Advantage program and they will receive the renewable energy credits from the projects.
One of the other major impacts solar can have is in speeding disaster recovery. In the past mobile solar generators have been used to provide electricity for refrigerating critical drugs, powering electronics and aiding first responders. Unlike diesel or other generators solar generators don’t need shipped in fuel and batteries can allow them to produce usable energy after dark. In the wake of Hurricane Michael, EcoPOWER said that it has hundreds of its off-grid solar lighting systems ready to help with recovery efforts. The company’s systems provide light, security, WiFi and telecomm services.Tweet