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Akamai Technologies to source energy from 80MW Texas wind farm

Published 11 May 2017

Cloud delivery platform Akamai Technologies has signed a 20-year contract to purchase energy from the 80MW Seymour Hills wind farm in Texas, US.

Akamai's investment in the wind farm is part of its commitment to source renewable energy for 50% of its worldwide network operations by 2020. 

The wind farm, which is being developed by Infinity Renewables, will include 38 wind turbines in an area of about 8,000 acres.

Details about the model of the turbines have not been revealed.

The wind farm is expected to go online next year and the electricity generated from the facility will be used for powering the company's data centre operations in Texas. Energy consumed by its Texas operations account for about 7% of its global energy consumption.

In the recent years, several organisations are moving towards renewable energy sources to power their operations worldwide. Tech giants including Google, Microsoft, Amazon have paved the way in this trend by either buying electricity directly from developers or by investing in renewable resources.

Akamai executive vice president and chief financial officer Jim Benson said: "Akamai has been seeing a strong trend with customers that value and demand clean-powered, decarbonized services from their supply chains.

“This project is one of several in which Akamai plans to invest to reach our 50 percent goal. We believe our innovative procurement strategy can be a model for others, and we’re excited to help lead the way.”

Infinity Renewables Finance and Origination vice president Matt Langley said: “Corporate buyers have become a very important market for the growth of utility-scale renewable energy deployment, having overtaken electric utilities in gigawatts purchased in 2015.

“We predict that minor energy off-takers, like Akamai, represent the next big wave of corporate buyers, and we are eager to partner with them.”

Image: Akamai commits 20 year investment in Infinity Renewables’ wind farm in Dallas, Texas. Photo: Courtesy of Steve Ralston/FreeImages.com.