In a move toward greener operations, Digital Realty, a major player in data center solutions, has signed a renewable energy deal with Süwag Energie AG. The agreement, which secures Guarantees of Origin (GoOs) for 6000MWh of hydropower, aims to power Digital Realty's operations throughout 2024. The hydropower will be sourced from the river Main, in close proximity to the company's data centers in Frankfurt.

Volker Ludwig, Managing Director of Digital Realty in Germany, highlighted the significance of the partnership, stating: "We’re delighted to announce the inclusion of 6000 MWh of hydropower in our renewable energy portfolio. The new project with Süwag not only reinforces our commitment to sustainability but also underscores how having a robust local partner in place is instrumental in achieving our local sustainability goals."

The move is seen as part of Digital Realty's broader strategy to incorporate renewable energy into its global operations. Mario Beck, Managing Director Sales at Süwag Energie AG, discussed Süwag's plans for expanding renewable energy plants. Beck noted "The Süwag Group is investing in increasing the efficiency and performance of its hydropower plants and is planning to further expand renewable energy plants, such as wind power and photovoltaics, in the region. These projects will result in interesting options for our customers to purchase sustainable and regionally generated green electricity via direct supply contracts."

The Griesheim and Eddersheim plants, near Digital Realty's Digital Park Hattersheim data center campus, align with the company's goal of sourcing clean energy locally. This comes on the heels of Digital Realty's earlier commitment in January, signing a 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Engie for a share of a ground-mounted solar project in Brandenburg.