DPO signs PPA to power 100MW data centre project through wind farms
Wed 24 Jan 2024
Green data centre developer Digital Power Optimization (DPO) has announced a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a major producer of renewable energy.
This agreement is set to power DPO’s data centre deployments directly from wind farms in Texas. These deployments are expected to reach 100MW.
Direct Renewable Energy Utilisation for Data Centres
This new PPA distinguishes itself from traditional clean power procurement methods used by computing facilities, such as virtual PPAs or offsets.
DPO’s data centres will draw power directly from the renewable wind generation facilities, a method known as ‘behind-the-meter’.
The initial phase of the project has secured funding, with data centre operations slated to begin in 2024. The remaining sites are expected to become operational over the next 12-18 months, expanding across up to six of the Seller’s wind assets in Texas.
Andrew Webber, CEO of DPO, said: “We have been running a pilot on-site for this power producer for over a year now and have developed an outstanding partnership with them.”
Webber highlighted the unique and innovative nature of the PPA structure, which he believes will create economic benefits for the Seller, while fostering some of the cleanest and most sustainable computing facilities for DPO’s investors and data centre tenants.
Since 2020, DPO has been working with power producers to use power-dense computing functions, like Proof-of-Work network security and AI training, as a profitable physical offtake for undervalued power.