1and1 the world’s largest web host server provider, announced a few months ago that their US data center is going green. 1&1 Internet is purchasing enough Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from the non-profit, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, to match 100% of the electricity used at the company’s data center. They host over five million websites and them offsetting 100% will make a big impact.
The majority of the RECs will be sourced from the Bowersock Mills and Power Company’s hydroelectric facility in Lawrence, Kansas. This hydroelectric facility is certified low impact by the Low Impact Hydro Institute (LIHI). 1&1′s renewable energy purchase for the Lenexa, Kansas-based facility is enough clean energy to power at least 300 U.S. homes for one year. 1&1 will save emissions of 30,000 tons of CO2 per year.
“1&1 Internet accepts the responsibility to become a green-powered company,” said Oliver Mauss, CEO of 1&1 Internet Inc. “We are proud to now be the first big hosting company with all our data centers’ energy usage offset by renewable, clean energy. We believe this is an important step for every organization to take, and a contribution helping to save our planet.”