Equinix executes PPA in Australia with TagEnergy 

Feb. 8, 2024
TagEnergy’s Golden Plains Wind Farm—East will generate an expected 151 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy for Equinix.

Equinix, Inc. announced on Feb. 7 that it has executed a new Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in Australia. The agreement, which marks Equinix’s first long-term renewable energy agreement in the Asia-Pacific region, was made with TagEnergy and includes the purchase of 151 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy—20% of the energy and green certificates (LGCs) generated by TagEnergy’s $2 billion, 756MW wind farm project.

The energy is expected to come online in 2029 at the Golden Plains Wind Farm—East, which is owned by TagEnergy. Construction began on the wind farm in 2023, and when finished, it will feature 122 turbines.

Christopher Wellise, vice president of sustainability at Equinix, said in a press release, “To date, Equinix has executed 21 PPAs globally, resulting in 3,000,000 MWh of renewable energy, and as we expand our global data center footprint, we will continue to assess opportunities for greening the grids that we move into. Once this expansion of the Golden Plains Wind Farm—East project is completed in 2029, our impact through all 21 PPAs is expected to amount to more than one gigawatt of renewable energy added to local grids. In combination with other sustainability efforts, this is expected to bring Equinix to 100% renewable coverage across all of our operations globally.”

Equinix reports that its PPA program began in 2015 with the signing of two wind PPAs in Texas and Oklahoma for a total of 225 MW. Equinix signed three PPAs in Finland in late 2021 and early 2022, for a total of 144 MW, and in 2023, added 15 new wind and solar PPAs in Europe for more than 500 MW.

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