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Equinix and WPD forge major renewable Energy Deal in France

Wed 14 Feb 2024

Equinix and renewable energy developer WPD have entered into a landmark agreement through seven 20-year Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) to supply over 300GWh of green energy annually in France. It will also provide more than 100MW in capacity.

This initiative, one of the largest PPA deals in French history, underscores Equinix’s commitment to sustainability and its goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2030.

A Significant Leap Towards Decarbonisation

The PPAs will support the creation of seven new wind farms across Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Hauts-de-France, and Pays de la Loire.

Régis Castagné, Managing Director at Equinix France, emphasised the deal’s alignment with national decarbonisation goals and Equinix’s dedication to responsible, sustainable business practices.

“We are proud to sign one of the biggest Power Purchase Agreements in French history, marking a significant milestone in France and underscoring Equinix’s global dedication to investing in renewable energy solutions,” said Castagné.

This deal represents Equinix’s twentieth global Power Purchase Agreement, contributing to an overall contracted capacity of 912MW across various countries, and reinforces the company’s investment in global renewable energy.

Grégoire Simon, President of WPD France, highlighted the PPAs’ role in bolstering the French market’s competitiveness and supporting the country’s energy transition.

“PPAs help to strengthen the competitiveness of the French market and support the country’s reindustrialisation, by offering economically viable energy solutions to companies willing to engage in the energy transition,” said Simon.

The agreements, set to take effect by 2025, will extend renewable energy support in France until 2045, with Equinix’s data centres in France benefiting from the generated Guarantees of Origin (GOs).

John Powers, Vice President of Global Cleantech and Renewables at Schneider Electric, lauded the deal’s impact on France’s renewable energy landscape and Equinix’s forward-thinking approach to digital infrastructure expansion in harmony with environmental stewardship.

“Deals of this value in France are rare and Equinix’s long-term commitment to power purchase agreements in seven locations demonstrates its belief that the expansion of innovative digital infrastructure must go hand in hand with reducing our impact on the planet,” said Powers.

Climate commitments like these drive sustainability standards with the vision of a climate-neutral EU data centre industry by 2030.

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