Equinix Signs Power Purchase Agreements that Bring Its North American Data Centers to 100-Percent Renewable Energy


Equinix, Inc., a global interconnection and data center company, recently announced that it has signed power purchase agreements (PPA) with an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources LLC and with Invenergy LLC to purchase wind energy in Oklahoma and Texas, respectively, which will cover all Equinix data centers throughout North America. These agreements will provide a combined 225 MW of capacity, bringing Equinix’s total renewable energy coverage in North America to 100 percent by the end of 2016 and nearly doubling its global renewable energy from 43 percent to 82 percent. Both projects will be fully deployed by the end of 2016.

The agreement with a NextEra Energy Resources affiliate includes the purchase of wind energy from the Rush Springs Renewable Generation Facility located in Grady and Stephens counties in Oklahoma. The agreement will provide 125 MW of capacity, resulting in approximately 556,000 MWhs of clean and renewable energy generated annually in Oklahoma and delivered into the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) regional electricity grid.

“NextEra Energy Resources is pleased to be working with Equinix on this project to help them meet their sustainability goals,” said John DiDonato, vice president of wind development at NextEra Energy Resources. “In addition to helping Equinix, this project will bring significant economic benefits to Stephens and Grady counties.”

The agreement with Invenergy includes the purchase of wind energy from the Wake Wind Energy Facility located in Floyd and Crosby counties in Texas. This agreement will provide 100 MW of capacity, resulting in approximately 457,000 MWhs of clean and renewable energy generated annually in Texas and delivered into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) regional electricity grid.

“As corporations like Equinix look for ways to reduce their emissions and improve their sustainability goals, Invenergy is committed to providing long-term clean energy to help them achieve those goals,” said Craig Gordon, vice president of sales and marketing at Invenergy.

“As a global data center leader, we truly understand the importance of operating our business in an environmentally sustainable way,” said Karl Strohmeyer, president of Equinix Americas. “These projects are two significant milestones toward our commitment of reaching 100-percent renewable power across all of our data centers across the globe and further solidify Equinix’s position as a leader in data center sustainability.”

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— Source: Equinix