Seymour Hills wind park in Texas to start supplying Akamai soon

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May 7 (Renewables Now) - Cloud delivery platform Akamai Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:AKAM) on Monday said it will soon start receiving enough power from the Seymour Hills Wind Farm to meet the demand of its Texas area data centre operations.

The 12-turbine wind park of 30 MW, owned by Engie North America, is mechanically completed, says the press release. Commercial operations will begin in the coming weeks.

Akamai will be sourcing enough electricity from the park in northwestern Texas to offset the demand of its Texas data centre operations, which represent about 7% of its global power load. More specifically, it will use 8 MW of the wind farm’s capacity, getting up to 192 MWh of electricity per day.

Noam Freedman, Akamai’s senior vice president, networks, said that the company is to reach 45 MW of renewables capacity by the end of 2019, with one other wind farm and a solar array coming on stream.

“It used to be that only large companies could purchase renewable energy. But now, widely distributed organizations like Akamai can buy renewable energy in amounts that suit their needs,” Freedman noted. The company’s investment in the project supports its goal to reach 50% renewable power for its global network operations by 2020.

The Seymour Hills wind park is connected to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the same grid that powers Akamai’s operations in the Dallas metro area.

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