In the US, two IT giants have contracted wind energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) with an Italian renewable energy group to support their clean energy aspirations.
The energy firm, through its US renewables arm, Enel Green Power, announced new power purchase agreements with Facebook and Adobe for the sale of energy generated at its 320MW Rattlesanke Creek wind farm in Nebraska.
Facebook agreed to a revised deal with Enel on the original 200MW PPA agreed last year, rising to the full 320MW capacity of Rattlesnake Creek.
The Enel deal with Facebook will see the Nebraska wind farm supply 100% of the social media firm’s data centre energy needs in Papillion, Nebraska.
Adobe has contracted to purchase 10MW of the wind farm’s capacity from 2019 to 2028.
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Bobby Hollis, director of global energy at Facebook, said: “Powering our data centres with 100% clean and renewable energy is not just a goal for Facebook; it is a requirement of our business.
“The Rattlesnake Creek wind farm will enable us to power our future Papillion Data Centre, and fulfils our passion to expand the energy market for other corporate buyers, like Adobe.”
The Rattlesnake Creek wind energy farm, which is Enel Green Power North America’s first Nebraska wind facility, is currently under construction and is expected to start operations by the end of 2018.
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Antonio Cammisecra, head of Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division, Enel Green Power, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Facebook and Adobe on this wind project and to meet their individual energy needs through a customised solution.
“Agreements like these are a prime example of our ability to work collaboratively with corporate customers on tailor-made solutions, managing multiple off-takers with different energy supply volume needs.”