Equinix Goes Solar with SunEdison: California Facilities Will Run on 100 Percent Renewable Energy

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Equinix's SV5 data center in Silicon Valley (PRNewsFoto/Equinix, Inc.)

Equinix is going 100 percent renewable. In California the clean energy will come in the form of solar power. Equinix has partnered with SunEdison to power its 11 California data centers as well as its California global headquarters.

Equinix and SunEdison have entered into a PPA for 105 MW of solar from the Mount Signal Solar II project. Construction is expected to begin this year, and the plant is slated to come on-line by the end of 2016.

Paul Gaynor, Executive Vice President of SunEdison EMEA and Americas said, “The Mount Signal Solar project is another demonstration of SunEdison’s ability to deliver cost effective renewable energy. Smart companies like Equinix know they can rely on SunEdison to help them save money, meet their sustainability goals, and create valuable jobs in the local community.”

With the energy from this project, Equinix’s renewable energy use will increase from 30 percent to 43 percent globally. This will help the company reach its goal running its entire fleet of 105 data centers around the world on 100 percent renewable energy.

Karl Strohmeyer, President of Equinix Americas, said, “Equinix’s purpose is to power the digital economy and we believe that it is important to do this in an environmentally sustainable way. This PPA is a major milestone in achieving our long-term goal of reaching 100 percent renewable power and it solidifies Equinix’s position as a global data center leader in sustainability.”