Commercial, Finance, Wind  -  April 27, 2020

Digital Realty inks wind PPA for Texas data centers

Digital Realty announced April 22 a 7.5-year agreement with Citi that will provide the cloud- and carrier-neutral data center provider with renewable energy power and credits that account for 30% of its power needs in the Dallas market.

The agreement with Citi will provide over 260,000 MWh of clean power annually for 13 of Digital Realty’s data centers in the Dallas, Texas region. This output represents 55% of the energy generated from the 162 MW Bearkat Wind Energy II, LCC in Glasscock County.

"The data center industry underpins the growth of the digital economy, and we believe it is critical for industry participants to recognize the importance of managing the environmental impact of their digital infrastructure," Digital Realty CEO A. William Stein said in a statement.  "We're dedicated to supporting our customers with sustainable, highly resilient facilities that leverage renewable energy and other energy-efficient technologies.  We're proud to be partnering with Citi, a proven leader in sustainable financing, to bring clean, renewable energy to our customers and we look forward to furthering our sustainability strategies with customers across the region and around the world." 

The Texas wind farm is expected to start generating electricity for customers in June 2021.

Digital Realty has previously conducted other clean energy PPAs, such as an agreement in 2019 for 50 MW of renewable energy for its Ashburn, Va., data centers and a green tariff agreement with Portland General Electric for 120,000 MWh for its new development project in Hillsboro, Ore.

Additionally, in April Digital Realty was named a 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the EPA for its energy efficiency initiatives at its data centers.

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