Akamai to power Dallas area data center with wind energy

Akamai has announced that construction on the Seymour Hills Wind Farm has been completed and it will become commercially operational in the coming weeks. Akamai invested in the wind farm in 2016 and pledged to purchase 9% of the energy generated by the wind farm over a 20-year period.

The Seymour Hills development is comprised of 12 wind turbines capable of generating 30 megawatts of energy. It’s part of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), a body that represents roughly 90% of the state’s electric load and covering 25 million customers. The wind energy generated at Seymour Hills will be fed into ERCOT’s infrastructure, which will help make Akamai’s data centers in Texas carbon-neutral and fully renewable, the company said.

The energy acquired from the wind farm is expected to account for 100% of Akamai’s network energy use in Texas by supplying 192 MWh of power per day. Akamai has committed to source 50% of its global network operations from renewable sources by 2020.

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In addition to the Seymour Hills wind farm, Akamai has invested in the Highlander Solar Farm in Virginia, which will cover 67% of Akamai’s energy use in the PJM power market. Akamai has also invested in the Green River Wind Farm in Illinois, covering another 33% of its energy use in the PJM power market.

“It used to be that only large companies could purchase renewable energy,” said Noam Freedman, SVP of networks at Akamai, in a statement. “But now, widely distributed organizations like Akamai can buy renewable energy in amounts that suit their needs.”

Akamai plans to have another wind farm and a solar array in operation by the end of 2019, bringing its total renewable energy portfolio to 45 megawatts.


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