US-based wireless operator T-Mobile announced its strategy to consume 100 percent renewable electricity by 2021.
T-Mobile, as part of its decision to use clean energy source, unveiled a second wind farm project.
John Legere, president and CEO at T-Mobile, said that the green telecom program expects to cut T-Mobile’s energy costs by around $100 million in the next 15 years. The company did not reveal the current energy costs.
T-Mobile has finalized a contract for 160 MWs from Infinity Renewables’ Solomon Forks Wind Project in Kansas, with power generation slated to begin in early 2019. The Solomon Forks project marks T-Mobile’s second major wind power project.
The first, the Red Forks Wind Power Project in Oklahoma, went online this past December. Combined, the two will generate 320 MWs for T-Mobile, enough to meet an estimated 60 percent of the Un-carrier’s total energy needs nationwide.
T-Mobile will buy enough wind power annually to account for every unit of electricity the company consumes.
T-Mobile US also joined Nike, Google, Microsoft and Facebook as part of RE100. Started by The Climate Group, RE100 works with leading businesses to switch private sector electricity demand to renewables and accelerate the transformation of the global energy market and the transition to a low carbon economy.
Sam Kimmins, head of RE100 at The Climate Group said: “As a large electricity consumer in the US, T-Mobile US can transform energy systems by bringing significant renewable capacity online – all of that while delivering real value to their customers.”