Digital Realty contracts 80MW of renewable energy for Facebook

DCD | January 24, 2019

American colocation provider Digital Realty has signed a long-term power purchase agreement for approximately 80MW of solar capacity from SunEnergy. The power will be used to run the data halls leased by social media and advertising giant Facebook. “Our scale and position as a leader in data center sustainability enabled us to execute this first of its kind agreement in support of Facebook’s sustainability goals,” Digital Realty CEO William Stein said. “Many of our customers have specific renewable energy requirements, and we work diligently to provide cost-competitive solutions tailored to their needs.

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KIC InnoEnergy is developing credible future technology cost models for four renewable energy generation technologies using a consistent and robust methodology. The purpose of these cost models is to enable the impact of innovations on the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) to be explored and tracked in a consistent way across the four technologies. While the priority is to help focus on key innovations, credibility comes with a realistic overall LCOE trajectory. This report examines how technology innovation is anticipated to reduce the cost of energy from European photovoltaic installations over the next 15 years.

Spotlight

KIC InnoEnergy is developing credible future technology cost models for four renewable energy generation technologies using a consistent and robust methodology. The purpose of these cost models is to enable the impact of innovations on the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) to be explored and tracked in a consistent way across the four technologies. While the priority is to help focus on key innovations, credibility comes with a realistic overall LCOE trajectory. This report examines how technology innovation is anticipated to reduce the cost of energy from European photovoltaic installations over the next 15 years.

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Amazon | April 20, 2021

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