Intuit Buys Off-Site Wind for California HQ

Business and financial software company Intuit has expanded its commitment to moving to a 100 percent renewable energy supply at its headquarters in Mountain View, California, with a purchase of wind power from Renewable Power Direct, the two companies announced on February 2.

RPD is a District of Columbia-based FERC-authorized wholesale power marketer that specializes in supplying directly sourced clean electricity to commercial and industrial consumers..

The new transaction provides locally produced CAT 1 energy, sourced from Leeward Renewable Energy’s Buena Vista Wind Farm in Byron, California. The 38-MW Buena Vista facility is located within 60 miles of Intuit.

Under the terms of the agreement, the physical power will be supplied by the Pacific Gas & Electric distribution system, but each megawatt-hour consumed by Intuit will be supported by physical renewable wind power from Buena Vista and the associated concurrent renewable energy credits.

The electricity retailer Just Energy, through its U.S. subsidiary Commerce Energy, will provide wholesale and retail services to Intuit under an eight-year structure.

“This transaction with Leeward Energy, Just Energy and Renewable Power Direct is the perfect complement to our onsite solar projects and completes the process of making our Mountain View headquarters a showcase for our commitment to renewable energy,” said, Intuit’s senior Sustainability Program Manager Sean Kinghorn.

Since 2009, Intuit said it also has added a range of solar and fuel cell technologies at its company headquarters, as well as at its facilities in San Diego and Tucson.

In addition, the company stated, “Because we cannot generate enough electricity to fully power each of these sites, we have begun investing in off-site renewables.”

In addition to the wind purchased for its headquarters, Intuit’s Plano, Texas site – the largest footprint of all its U.S. campuses – exclusively sources nearby wind power.

In 2015, Intuit signed on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, along with more than 50 other companies committed to expanding renewable electricity under the leadership of the World Wildlife Fund and World Resources Institute.

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