Data storage provider IronMountain Inc. said Oct. 10 it will buy part of the output generatedby a planned Amazon.com Inc.wind farm in Texas. The company said it signeda power purchase agreement for 10% of the output from the 253-MW projectin Scurry County.
When the project goes online in 2017, it will help provide upto 30% of the company's total power usage in North America by producing as muchas 100,000 MWh per year for Iron Mountain, it said.
The purchased capacity will also be enough to power the 75 facilitiesthat are part of Iron Mountain's operations in Texas as well as some facilitieslocated in other states. It will also secure steady rates long-term and help thecompany save as much as $1.5 million per year.
"Power consumption is an expensive and resource-consumingpart of our global operational footprint, and one of the areas we've targeted asan opportunity to transform our business," Iron Mountain's Senior Vice Presidentof Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer Ty Ondatje said in a statement."Renewable energy strategies, along with energy efficiency, are at the heartof our efforts to deliver both savings back to the company and look for opportunitiesto innovate."
Amazon said in September that it planned to purchase 90% of the output from the wind farm,which the company said is its largest renewable energy project to date. Combinedwith its wind and solar projects in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia,the five projects can generate more than 2.6 million MWh yearly to supply powerto Amazon Web Services Inc. data centers.
On Oct. 3, the project secured100% of sponsor equity commitment from Lincoln Clean Energy LLC.