ReNew Signs MoU with RackBank to Power India’s First Hyper-scale Data Center

Highlights :

  • ReNew Power and RackBank announce one of India’s largest ‘Open Access’ MoU’s.
  • ReNew will construct, own, and operate up to 500 MW of hybrid facility to power RackBank.

Gurgaon-headquartered renewable energy company, ReNew Power today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with RackBank Datacenters Limited (RackBank) to provide power through 100% renewable energy.

RackBank is a data center platform providing data center services including but not limited to dedicated servers, managed servers, and colocation services. ReNew will supply power generated from renewable sources to RackBank’s hyper-scale data center in India after signing  a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with RackBank.

Under the MoU, ReNew will construct, co-own, and operate a 500 MW of hybrid power generation facility specifically to supply power to RackBank’s data center. RackBank would purchase green power generated from this facility directly from ReNew, through the “Open Access” mechanism.

The MoU also provides for offsetting of non-renewable power consumed by RackBank’s data center through green credits purchased from ReNew, ensuring that the data center operates on a completely net-zero emissions basis.

This project will be carried out and managed by ReNew Green Solutions, ReNew Power’s business-to-business arm, which serves ReNew’s growing list of leading industrial and commercial customers, and will lead to the creation of India’s first green data center. This strategic relationship is one of a kind and is expected to be a precedent for green energy procurement by corporations in India.

According to the firm, the Rackbank data center is spread over 35000 sq. ft. with a capacity of 800 racks and growing. The company projects that it will have 500 MW of IT infrastructure capacity in the next 5 years. This unique project will serve as a future-secured platform for data-driven companies to thrive in a 100-percent clean energy facility with zero carbon footprints.

Speaking of the partnership, CEO of RackBank Datacenters Ltd., Mr. Narendra Sen expressed, “We are proud to build India’s first green data center and are excited to partner with ReNew Power for clean power procurement. This initiative is one of the major check posts for RackBank’s vision of a sustainable future, along with the several other green initiatives previously taken by our company. RackBank Hyperscale platform will enable 100% clean energy for our data center and through this partnership, we should be able to reduce our power cost by 30% compared to power consumption directly from the grid.”

While ReNew has reported a total capacity of approximately 10 GW of wind and solar energy projects across India, as of  March 31, 2021.

“The MoU reflects the commitment that responsible corporates are showing to shift towards cleaner energy sources to power their businesses. ReNew Power always endeavors to support firms looking to reduce their carbon footprint. We congratulate RackBank for embarking on this journey and look forward to our partnership for this potential 500 MW opportunity,” says Mr. Sumant Sinha, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ReNew Power.

Recently, ReNew Power has announced that it will be going to Gujarat for the development of a solar cell and module manufacturing plant. The plant will produce 2 GW of solar cells and modules annually using state-of-the-art monocrystalline PERC (Passivated Emitter & Rear Contact) and large wafer technology.

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Bhoomika Singh

Bhoomika is a science graduate, with a strong interest in seeing how technology can impact the environment. She loves covering the intersection of technology, environment, and the positive impact it can have on the world accordingly.

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