May 24 (Renewables Now) - US data centre solutions provider QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS) has agreed to buy enough electricity from huge wind farms in Illinois and Texas to cover 100% of the expected demand of two of its data centres.
The company said on Thursday the 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA) will offset consumption of its data centres in Chicago, Illinois, and Piscataway, New Jersey. As part of the deal, QTS will get environmental attributes from the 238-MW Rio Bravo wind farm in Texas’ Starr County, owned by Rio Bravo Windpower LLC. An equivalent amount of "financial energy", meanwhile, will be sourced from E.on Climate and Renewables North America’s 306-MW Radford's Run wind park in Illinois’ Macon County, QTS said.
The PPA comes to support QTS' commitment to procure 100% of its power from renewable energy sources by 2025. Currently, it runs three of its data centre facilities entirely on renewables.