Akamai Announces 20-year Investment in a Wind Farm in Texas

Akamai is going green.

The Cambridge-based security and cloud performance company announced today a 20-year investment in a wind energy farm in Texas to decarbonize part of its operations.

Based outside of Dallas and developed by Infinity Renewables, the project is slated to go online in 2018. Plans for the development call for construction of 38 wind turbines across approximately 8,000 acres, the company said in a statement.

Akamai added that it intends to source enough energy from the 80-megawatt Seymour Hills Wind Farm to offset its aggregate Texas data center operations, representing approximately seven percent of its global power load.

"Only recently have companies like Akamai with small, distributed loads, relative to big buyers like Apple, Google and Amazon, been able to make a meaningful impact on decarbonizing operations that go beyond purchasing unbundled renewable energy credits," said Jim Benson, Akamai EVP and CFO, in a statement. "We believe our innovative procurement strategy can be a model for others, and we’re excited to help lead the way.”

The investment is part of the company's commitment to source renewable energy for 50 percent of its global network operations by 2020, Akamai said in a statement.

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