Equinix lines up 225 MW of wind capacity from NextEra, Invenergy

Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a global interconnection and data center company, on Nov. 16 announced that it has signed power purchase agreements (PPA) with affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources LLC and 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% by the end of 2016, and nearly doubling its global renewable energy, moving from 43% to 82%. Both projects will be fully deployed by the end of 2016.

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

These are the second and third PPA agreements made by Equinix in the last 60 days. In September the company announced an agreement to purchase 105 MW (ac) of new solar power from SunEdison to power its facilities in California.

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.

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

Said Craig Gordon, vice president, sales and marketing, Invenergy: “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.”

Karl Strohmeyer, president, Equinix Americas, said: “As a global data center leader, with more than 100 facilities across 33 global markets, we truly understand the importance of operating our business in an environmentally sustainable way.  These projects announced today 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.”

Invenergy said Nov. 13 that it has signed a long-term contract with Owens Corning to provide 125 MW of wind energy to the manufacturer of insulation, roofing, and fiberglass, out of Invenergy’s Wake Wind facility, located in Texas. Invenergy said Nov. 16 that both of the agreements with Owens Corning and Equinix bring Invenergy’s total corporate customer wind portfolio to 225 MW.

Wake Wind Energy LLC, which is developing a 258-MW project in Texas, on Sept. 30 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification that it is an exempt wholesale generator. Wake is an indirect subsidiary of Invenergy Wind LLC. The Wake Project is estimated to begin test power operations in the future, with no specific time period given.

Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in the Americas, and Europe. Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe. Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 9,100 MW of projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including wind, solar, and natural gas-fueled power generation projects and energy storage facilities.

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