Equinix made another move to turn its energy profile green this morning. The have signed agreements with NextEra Energy Resources and Invenergy for a combined 225MW of renewable energy capacity. That will cover their entire North American energy budget, and bring their global renewable energy levels up to 82% of total.
If this sounds familiar, it is. About 8 weeks ago, Equinix made a big green energy move focused on California where they purchased 105MW of solar power from SunEdison in a long term deal. The power delivered to their facilities doesn't actually come directly from the solar plant in question, but rather from the regional grids into which power from all sources flows while encouraging additional investment in renewable energy.
In this case, it's not solar but rather wind, but still the same thing. Equinix is purchasing 125MW of capacity from the Rush Springs Renewable Generation Facility in Okahoma and 100MW of capacity from the Wake Wind Energy Facility in Texas. In both cases, that energy goes directly into the regional grid, while Equinix continues to get the power it actually uses in its data centers across the country from sources closer at hand.
Will this sort of thing keep gaining momentum? And if so, will it really impact the amount of renewable energy being generated or just shift the credit for it around a bit more? That remains to be seen I guess, but Equinix is clearly trying to set an example. Both projects are expected to be fully deployed by the end of 2016.
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