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HP in wind farm deal to reduce carbon footprint

A landmark deal with Airtricity has been subscribed by HP with an assurance that 90pc of the computer giant’s energy use in Ireland will be renewable. A number of Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) local facilities will receive electricity from Airtricity, an Irish energy provider that is developing and operating wind farms across Europe.

In a calculation, HP will be saving around US$40,000 over the course of 2008. The provisions of the environment impact will facilitate HP to save the release of more than 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide- equal to taking 9,600 cars off the road for a year.

Pat Tiernan, vice-president, Social and Environmental Responsibility HP, said: “Switching to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power makes both environmental and business sense. These advances are just part of HP’s comprehensive energy-efficiency programme, which we believe is the most aggressive in the technology industry”.

In the US, a power-purchase agreement with SunPower has been entered into by HP that will see HP installing it’s first-ever, large-scale power installation in San Diego. The installation of a 1MW solar electric power system and required maintenance for the next 15 years will be included in the contract with SunPower.

Solar power at a reduced, locked- in rate will be bought back by HP. A third-party financier will finance and own the solar electric power system allowing HP to enjoy the environmental and financial benefits of solar without an upfront cost. The contract with SunPower will be seeing HP save around US$750,000 in energy costs over the following 15 years. Carbon dioxide emissions by more than St£1m per year will be decreased in the project.

Carbon offsetting is a global issue and many computer companies are already going for it. Earlier Dell, Toshiba have launched different programs to offset the carbon generated by the laptops that they sell. Customers are asked to pay a little more so that the companies can invest in different types of carbon offsetting programs. However, the initiative take by HP is going to be a landmark, which will provide leading example to other companies also.

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