Zayo Group Holdings Inc., which provides communications infrastructure services, has purchased 86 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) to power five of its zColo data centers in Illinois, Texas and New Jersey. Zayo says the purchase is part of the company’s new emphasis on sustainability, and it expects the REC program to result in significant annual savings.
As a result of Zayo’s purchase, the company is now an EPA Green Power Partner. Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass and low-impact hydro.
James Critchfield, program manager of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership, comments, “EPA applauds Zayo Group Holdings for its commitment to using green power and helping to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Zayo is demonstrating leadership by furthering the case for accessible, affordable green power use and provides an excellent example for other businesses in the tech and telecom sector.”
“Sustainability is aligned with our values at Zayo and addresses our customers’ requests for green power and other environmentally responsible practices,” says TJ Karklins, senior vice president of Zayo’s zColo business segment. “This initiative represents a vital next step in our long-term commitment to sustainability.”
zColo also has other projects under way in its 46 data centers to improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption, including upgraded power and HVAC components, airflow management upgrades, lighting retrofits and other improvements.