Dell's HQ Switches to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Dell's HQ Switches to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Energy
from wind and landfill gas sources now completely powers Dell Inc.'s
2.1 million square foot headquarters in Austin, Texas, the computer
maker said Wednesday.

Dell's announcement of a deal with Waste Management and TXU Energy
Wind Power is part of its bid to achieve carbon neutrality at its owned
and leased facilities this year.

Waste Management's Austin Community Landfill gas-to-energy facility
will supply about 40 percent of the power needs at Dell's headquarters,
with the remainder coming from existing wind farms in the state through
TXU Energy.

Dell’s Austin Parmer Campus also is seeing an increase in green
power, from 8 percent to 17 percent, through Austin Energy. The
company’s Twin Falls, Idaho, facility is also powered completely by
wind and solar power.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, the company said the
contract is for a little more than 80 million kilowatt hours per year.
Dell declined to say how much the contract was worth, but predicted
that green power, which now sells for a slight premium compared to
conventional power, could one day sell more cheaply.

Retrofit projects across Dell facilities, such as deploying power
management systems and replacing inefficient lighting and air
conditioners, save the company $2 million a year.

The news comes just days after the company said it would close a
desktop PC manufacturing plant in Austin and lay off as many as 8,800
workers as part of a massive restructuring plan designed to save the
company $3 billion during the next three years.