The Princeton Digital Group, a leading developer and operator of internet infrastructure across Asia, has signed a renewable power consumption agreement (PCA) with a subsidiary of Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited (TPREL), one of India’s largest renewable energy companies.
Under the agreement, PDG’s MU1 data centre in Airoli, Mumbai will use power generated by a solar project located in Nanded district, Maharashtra. The project is a captive development with investment from both companies that will provide PDG’s MU1 with its first phase of renewable energy. The project will commence generation in steps. It started on 1 June 2023.
PDG says that the 25-year agreement will enable it to take a meaningful step towards digital decarbonisation by establishing a roadmap for its MU1 data centre to be powered with up to 50% renewable energy. PDG is committed to work towards achieving net zero for its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2030.
As a multi-country operator in Asia, PDG says it is working with leading renewable energy companies in the region to transition its portfolio of data centres from conventional power to low or zero-carbon energy options.
In December 2022, PDG launched the first phase of its MU1 data centre, providing 48 MW of IT capacity across two buildings. The data centre is Mumbai’s first IGBC Platinum certified facility, a premium green data centre certification and India’s first Open Compute Project (OCP)-ready-certified facility. It is also an Uptime Tier III-certified facility.
As PDG points out, cloud and digital adoption continue to surge in India, leading to unprecedented growth in digital infrastructure and, one assumes, pressure to find clean alternatives to conventional energy sources as power demand rises. The pressure will surely be on other companies to follow, or improve on, PDG’s example.