Seymour Hills wind farm in north-western Texas, US, is set to begin commercial operations.
Owned by Engie, the energy generated by the ‘mechanically completed’ wind farm will be used to power cloud delivery platform Akamai Technologies’ data centre in Texas.
The data centre will receive up to 192MWh of power a day or 8MW of the wind farm’s capacity. This will contribute to Akamai’s goal of sourcing renewable energy for 50% of its global network operations by 2020.
Akamai networks senior vice-president Noam Freedman said: “It used to be that only large companies could purchase renewable energy. But now, widely distributed organisations like Akamai can buy renewable energy in amounts that suit their needs.
“Akamai is leading the way for clean energy procurement to be part of energy consumption plans for all companies. By the end of 2019, we expect to have another wind farm and a solar array in operation, bringing our total to 45 megawatts of sustainable power.”
In May 2017, Akamai announced a 20-year investment to purchase power from the Seymour Hills wind energy farm. Developed by Infinity Renewables wind and solar energy project, the wind project is based outside of Dallas.
Equipped with 12 turbines, Seymour Hills has the capacity to generate 30MW sustainably sourced energy when it is fully operational.
Seymour Hills windfarm will join the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market, which serves as an independent system operator in the region.
ERCOT manages the flow of electric power to more than 25 million Texas customers.