Its logo might be red, but T-Mobile is going green and leading the way on using clean among mobile carriers in the US. Yesterday (Oct. 16) the mobile carrier announced that under a new partnership with Puget Sound Energy its headquarters will be 100 percent powered by renewable energy in 2021, saving it millions of dollars in energy costs.
“At T-Mobile, we really mean it when we say we're going to clean up wireless for good … and in this case that means cleaning up our impact on the planet by making a BIG commitment to renewable energy,” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. “We've put a stake in the ground to go 100% renewable by 2021—because it's the right thing to do and it's smart business.”
The latest agreement follows last week’s announcement that T-Mobile was selected as one of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 10 Green Power Partners of the year for 2018. The agency recognized the carrier for signing a power-purchase agreement for 625 million kilowatt-hours of wind power a year. The Center for Resource Solutions also named T-Mobile as one of its 2018 Green Power Leadership Award Winners.
“T-Mobile’s choosing green power because it makes sense for the planet and for our customers — plus it's helping grow America’s green energy market big-time,” said Legere. “I'm incredibly proud of our team for earning recognition for their hard work -- but there's lots more to be done and you can be sure, we won't stop!"
The company joined Puget Sound Energy’s Green Direct program. The program will allow T-Mobile to use a blend of local wind and solar to provide 100 percent of the power to its headquarters in Bellevue, WA by 2021. Through the agreement Puget Sound will build the largest solar farm in the state, T-Mobile added.
Earlier this year the telecommunications company became the first mobile service provider to sign onto RE100, joining a host of other leading companies that have committed to using renewable energy to power their operations. T-Mobile committed to move to renewable energy to power all of its operations by 2021 this past January.
Last year a new campaign “Hang up on Fossil Fuels,” was launched by Green America to push telecommunications companies, particularly AT&T and Verizon, to move to 100 percent renewable energy. But thus far T-Mobile is the only one to commit to greening its energy supplies.Tweet