Chicago-based CDW, the national computer products and services reseller, is flipping the switch on the power source for its two enterprise hosting centers in Madison, Wisc. It's going 100 percent renewable.
In a deal with Madison Gas and Electric, the IT services company will purchase approximately 12 million kilowatt-hours per year of renewable energy being generated by three wind farms in Wisconsin and Iowa. Some solar power from facilities near Madison will supplement. The electricity will power the reseller's 10,500 square feet of hosting space. The offset gained by switching will be about 12,649 tons, which CDW figures is the equivalent of 1,500 homes in the Madison area.
According to the companies, the pact makes CDW the largest private purchaser under the utility's Power Tomorrow program.