Equinix, a global data center company, announced on Monday that it has agreed, in last December, to purchase renewable energy from a wind farm in Finland under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Neoen and Prokon.
The PPA covers 85 % or at least 30 MW of the energy produced by the 35 MW Björkliden wind farm in Finland.
Equinix has five data centers in Finland, all in the Helsinki-Espoo area, and is constructing a hyperscale facility under its xScale brand in the city. The firm has committed to using renewable energy in all its 220+ data centers across the world by 2030.
"At Equinix, we're committed to attaining our long-term objective of 100% clean and renewable energy across our global network of over 235 data centers," said Sami Holopainen, Managing Director, Finland.
He added: "With the help of Neoen and Prokon in Finland, we are one step closer to realizing our goal of becoming climate neutral globally by 2030 and meeting our science-based goals."
The Björkliden wind farm will be in the municipality of Närpes, in the western area of Ostrobothnia, and will have a total capacity of at least 35 MW. Construction will commence in 2023, with commissioning expected for 2024. The PPA is a ten-year agreement that is largely tied to market prices.
"We are ecstatic to see global firms like Equinix commit to Finnish wind power, and we are honored that they have chosen Neoen to supply renewable energy to the five major data centers Equinix runs in Finland," said Jerri Loikkanen, Managing Director of Neoen Finland.
Björkliden will be Neoen's third wind farm in Finland, bringing the company's total installed capacity in the nation to over 500 MW. Neoen holds 80% stake in the new project, while Prokon holds 20%.
"This new deal underlines our capability to win tenders from firms like Equinix that are eager to secure renewable energy supply," said Xavier Barbaro, CEO and Chairman of Neoen.