T-Mobile has reached a new clean energy milestone as it announced its network now operates entirely on renewable energy.
It follows the development of its renewable energy strategy that included eight virtual power agreements, 19 retail agreements, a Green Direct programme and renewable energy certificates that support green projects across the US.
The company, as a result, has invested in enough solar and wind power annually to account for every unit of electricity consumed.
The nine solar and wind farms, which include the virtual power agreements and Green Direct programme, provide T-Mobile with around 3.4 million MWh of clean electricity every year – enough to power more than 313,000 homes annually.
The company’s commitment to renewables is complemented by a focus on energy conservation, which includes switching to smart thermostats, LED lighting in retail stores, upgrading mechanical and electrical systems in data centres, optimising air management and installing energy efficient radio equipment on cell towers, among others.
Mike Sievert, T-Mobile CEO said: “T-Mobile put a stake in the ground as the first telecom to commit to going all in on renewable energy by the end of 2021 and now we’re the first to hit this milestone years ahead of others.
“This was no easy task but we set a goal and we achieved it. Today, thanks to amazing efforts from a team who was unwavering in our commitment to reduce our impact on the planet, the Un-carrier is powering America’s largest, fastest and most reliable 5G network with 100% clean electricity.”