Digital Realty has announced signing a new long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Pattern Energy to source solar power for its Dallas data center portfolio.

Located in Fannin County, Texas, Pattern Energy’s 82.5MW Phoenix Solar Project is expected to power up to 70% of Digital Realty’s entire Greater Dallas data centers, supplying approximately 160,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy per year.

“This is our third major renewable energy transaction in Texas since 2016,” said Aaron Binkley, Senior Director of Sustainability at Digital Realty.  

“We are pleased to be able to expand access to renewable energy for our customers while making additional progress towards our Science Based Target Initiative carbon emissions reduction commitment.  The Phoenix Solar Project supplies renewable energy at scale in proximity to our Dallas data centers, expanding on our ongoing efforts to enhance local sustainable business practices across our global portfolio.”

The company also announced the capacity expansion of its carrier-neutral colocation facility at 2323 Bryan Street, a regional connectivity hub in downtown Dallas. Digital Realty adds that this facility will support customers in the deployment Network Hub solutions on PlatformDIGITAL™, with availability to expand global cloud and connectivity options via Metro Connect, Service Exchange and dedicated cloud connections such as IBM Direct Link.

“Technology providers are increasingly attracted to the Dallas area’s business-friendly environment and strong tech talent pool, which is fueled by leading research institutions in the region. As a result, the gravitational pull of the Dallas market is encouraging more enterprises to locate their infrastructure and applications in close proximity to our highly-connected centers of data exchange,” said Tony Bishop, Senior Vice President, Platform, Growth & Marketing at Digital Realty.

“We’re excited to be adding new, sustainable energy solutions for our customers in the region alongside today’s significant milestone of expanding our colocation options and service offerings on PlatformDIGITAL at the very heart of our Dallas portfolio.” 

As announced, the Phoenix Solar project is expected to become commercially available by mid-2021.