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Salesforce.com invests in US wind farm

19/01/2016 by

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Salesforce.com, one of the world’s leaders in customer relationship management (CRM) tools, has signed a contract with an energy provider in Texas. The wind farm will sell more electricity to Salesforce.com than is needed to power its data centres, meaning the technology firm will have excess energy at its disposal. The move follows a trend in the market to snap up power from the renewable energy sector.

This is not the first time Salesforce.com has dabbled in the energy market, having previously closed a clean power deal with Enbridge. Under the agreement made only last month, Salesforce.com committed to buying 125,000 megawatt-hours from a facility in West Virginia; now, the firm has agreed to buy a further 102,000 megawatt-hours each year from EDF Renewable Energy. Although the Texan wind farm is yet to be built, the contract sees the CRM giant buying 24 megawatts of the facility’s proposed capacity. The deal is expected to commence from December 2016 once the wind farm is complete.

According to Salesforce’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Hawkins, the two deals will provide more power to the firm than it used in 2015. “I look for things that make economic sense and that give me predictiveness,” Mr Hawkins said, explaining that the firm is planning for the future. He finished by saying: “You should expect more,” suggesting that there are more agreements currently being kept under wraps.

Like so many firms around the world, Salesforce.com is following the trend of sourcing energy agreements to safeguard future operations. Many companies want to completely power their firm by the use of renewable sources such as wind and solar farms; however, Salesforce.com’s situation is a little trickier than normal, as the company leases its data centres. This means it is harder to get clean power directly. As a result, the newest agreements mean that power is not actually being fed into data centre and Salesforce.com facilities; instead, the ‘virtual power purchase agreements’ mean electricity is being added to the closest electric grid.

Texas is currently the largest supplier of wind energy in the US; in fact, around 10 per cent of its energy can be traced back to this source. As a result, firms have been keen to take advantage of the renewable energy offerings. Last July, for example, Facebook revealed that it is planning to develop wind-powered data centre there at the cost of $1bn (£700m). Construction has already begun and is expected to be finished by summer 2016.

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