DaVita Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

The health-care provider signed two VPPAs with a Boston-headquartered renewable energy developer, aiming to reach its goal by 2022.

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Health-care provider DaVita has signed two virtual power purchase agreements with Longroad Energy of Boston facilitating the development of clean energy projects in Texas. The goal is to power its North American operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2022.

DaVita’s share of the two projects in Texas—a wind park and a solar farm—will generate approximately 625,000-megawatt hours of clean energy per year. This is the equivalent of diverting carbon dioxide emissions from the annual electricity use of about 52,000 U.S. households. Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services acted as an advisor to DaVita on the selection of the projects.

“Executing a wind and a solar deal at the same time, in the same region, is an innovative strategy. Wind and solar generate electricity at different times of the day and different times of the year. By embracing both technologies simultaneously, DaVita is achieving valued diversification and helping to advance the industry,” said John Powers, vice president of strategic renewables for Schneider Electric, in a prepared statement.

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