Equinix to buy power from 150-MW SunEdison solar project in California

Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a global interconnection and data center company, on Sept. 23 announced that it has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for 105 MW (ac) of new solar power with SunEdison Inc. (NYSE: SUNE).

This purchase will cover all of Equinix’s California data centers, including 11 facilities located in the Los Angeles and Silicon Valley metro areas, as well as its Redwood City, California, global headquarters. With this deployment, Equinix’s data center footprint will increase its use of clean, renewable sources from 30% to 43% globally.

The supplying project, known as the Mount Signal Solar II project, will be located in the territory of San Diego Gas & Electric near Calexico, California, and just north of the United States-Mexico border. Construction of the 150-MW (ac) total capacity solar farm is expected to begin in 2015 and it is to achieve commercial operation in the second half of 2016.

The Mount Signal Solar II project is expected to generate 300,000 MWh per year to offset Equinix’s electrical consumption. Equinix will also receive Green-e certified renewable energy certificates from SunEdison to bridge the approximately 12 months from contract execution to project completion.   

Earlier this year, Equinix announced its commitment to 100% clean and renewable energy for its entire global footprint of 105 data centers located in 33 markets. Through ongoing development of partnerships Equinix said it continues to deploy innovative new technologies to make this commitment a reality. Most recently it deployed a 342-kWp PV solar system at its SG3 International Business Exchange data center in Singapore and is in the process of installing a 1-MW fuel cell system, fueled by bio-gas, at a Silicon Valley data center.

Said Paul Gaynor, executive vice president, SunEdison EMEA and Americas: “The Mount Signal Solar project is another demonstration of SunEdison’s ability to deliver cost effective renewable energy. Smart companies like Equinix know they can rely on SunEdison to help them save money, meet their sustainability goals, and create valuable jobs in the local community.”

Said Karl Strohmeyer, president, Equinix Americas: “Equinix’s purpose is to power the digital economy and we believe that it is important to do this in an environmentally sustainable way. This PPA is a major milestone in achieving our long-term goal of reaching 100 percent renewable power and it solidifies Equinix’s position as a global data center leader in sustainability.”

SunEdison develops, finances, installs, owns and operates renewable power plants, delivering predictably priced electricity to its residential, commercial, government and utility customers. SunEdison is one of the world’s largest renewable energy asset managers and provides customers with asset management, operations and maintenance, monitoring and reporting services.

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