H5 Data Centers has announced the expansion of its renewable energy and sustainability initiative by purchasing renewable energy certificates (“RECs”) to offset 100% of the energy consumption at its Cleveland data center. Through this purchasing program, H5 Data Centers will reduce the environmental impact of its energy use and support renewable energy projects throughout North America. The certificates are sold in blocks of kilowatt-hours (kWh) and are a blend of the following resources: wind, solar, biomass, landfill gas, geothermal, and hydroelectricity.

The REC purchase adds to H5’s 478-kW solar array that was announced earlier this year. Through the solar array and multiple other energy-efficiency initiatives, the Denver data center has been a multi-year recipient of Xcel Energy’s Data Center Efficiency Award. The decision to leverage renewable energy alternatives and implement sustainability initiatives comes at a time when demand for data centers nationally is accelerating to support rapidly-growing digital applications.

“H5 Data Centers continues to make investments across our national footprint to improve the reliability and efficiency of our data centers,” said Josh Simms, founder and CEO of H5 Data Centers. “The REC purchasing program allows our customers and H5 Data Centers the ability to invest in sustainability initiatives for data centers that have a significant carbon footprint.”