Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller.

As it works to establish its fuel cells as a viable option to power data centers, Bloom Energy has received a huge vote of confidence from one of the industry’s largest players.

Equinix Inc., the world’s largest provider of colocation services, said today that it will install Bloom Energy Servers in 12 data centers in California, New York and Los Angeles. The move comes two years after began testing Bloom’s fuel cells at a data center in San Jose. By the time all the gas-fed fuel cells are installed in 2019, Equinix will be using more than 40 megawatts of Bloom equipment.

The move by Equinix reflects the evolution of data center power, as large operators consider new strategies to reduce their impact on the environment. The data center industry has emerged as a leading player in the market for renewable energy, as cloud computing platforms shift to solar and wind to power their servers. In 2016, data center providers signed contracts for more than 1.2 gigawatts of renewable power, and adoption is now extending to multi-tenant service providers, as colo customers advocate for green power.

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