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Under the term of the power purchase agreements, Equinix will buy 225MW of wind power, bringing its total renewable energy use in North America to 100% by the end of 2016.

Electricity generated from the two projects, which are scheduled to be fully commissioned by the end of 2016, will be used to power Equinix data centers throughout North America

Equinix also expects the deals to nearly double its global renewable energy to 82%.

As per the deal with NexEra Energy Resources affiliate, Equinix will purchase wind energy from the 125MW Rush Springs Renewable Generation Facility located in Grady and Stephens Counties, Oklahoma.

The facility is designed to generate approximately 556,000 megawatt hours (MWhs) of clean and renewable energy annually which will be delivered into the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) regional electricity grid.

Invenergy agreed to sell 100MW of wind power from its Wake Wind Energy Facility located in Floyd and Crosby Counties, Texas.

The generated power will be delivered into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) regional electricity grid.

The deals are part of Equinix’s efforts to use to 100% clean and renewable energy for its entire global footprint of 105 data centers located in 33 markets.

NextEra Energy Resources wind development vice-president John DiDonato said: "In addition to helping Equinix, this project will bring significant economic benefits to Stephens and Grady County."

Image: Equinix plans to use 100% renewable energy to power 105 data centers. Photo: courtesy of Equinix, Inc.