Markley Group, a provider of data center facilities, cloud computing, and network services, entered into a community solar PPA with Borrego, advised by Atlas Retail Energy. As part of this PPA, Markley will purchase half of the power generated by 80 MW of community solar projects in the Eversource utility territory that Borrego developed. Markley’s commitment to green initiatives and new renewable energy projects is highlighted in this agreement.
“As with most forms of technology and infrastructure, data centers must constantly evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of enterprises, and equally important, the environment,” said Jeffrey Flanagan, Executive Vice President, Markley Group. “At Markley, we are continuously evaluating how we can minimize our impact on the environment to better serve our customers. Partnering with Borrego allows us to offset our electricity use from 10 solar projects and further support the development of solar energy in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”
The agreement is part of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program, which is designed to create a long-term sustainable solar incentive program that promotes cost-effective solar development in the Commonwealth.
“Data centers are large energy users but don’t often have space on-site for a large enough solar system to offset their use. Markley’s ability to reduce their energy costs and enhance their sustainability efforts through community solar is a relatively novel approach,” said Jared Connell, Borrego vice president of development, New England. “These projects will help accelerate the growth of solar energy in Massachusetts, while also demonstrating the value of renewables to the tech sector in creative ways.”
“Though finding options to procure clean energy can initially seem confusing or costly, examples such as Markley’s may help other businesses understand how to go about optimizing their energy planning with sustainable solutions,” said Steve Roberson, President, Atlas Retail Energy (ARE), Markley’s energy advisory firm since 2016.
“Given the size of Markley’s energy needs, there was a high level of complexity involved in identifying a solution in the marketplace that aligned with their corporate objectives and future growth mandates,” added Roberson. “ARE’s deep relationships within the renewable space allowed this project to come together in a seamless manner. We are extremely pleased to bring New England’s premier data center with a proven market-leader, Borrego, to consummate this investment in solar initiatives in the Commonwealth.”
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