Switch has announced its SUPERNAP Michigan data center near Grand Rapids will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

Switch has begun working with Consumers Energy to develop a plan to power SUPERNAP Michigan with 100 percent green power.

"Since our first contact with Switch, Consumers Energy understood the importance of building new renewable generation to provide Switch with 100 percent renewable power at their SUPERNAP Michigan data center," said Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy's vice president and chief customer officer. "We are excited to partner with Switch to make the largest data center in the eastern U.S. the greenest."

Switch has also become a member of the WWF/WRI Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles. The Buyers' Principles were established to articulate the common needs of large renewable energy buyers.

"Sustainably running the internet is one of the driving principles of Switch, which is why in our site selection process for an eastern U.S. SUPERNAP data center site, we had to find a local utility who could provide a pathway to 100 percent renewable power," said Switch EVP of Strategy Adam Kramer. "When we first met with the team at WRI we knew that our goals aligned perfectly with the Buyers' Principles, which is why Switch was excited to join."

By joining the Buyers' Principles, Switch will share its knowledge on how to create green energy tariffs and procure new, local, renewable generation with other companies.