CAPSTONE GREEN ENERGY ANNOUNCES NEW 4 MW, TWO-YEAR EAAS CONTRACT – PLANS TO EXPAND RENTAL FLEET TO 21.1 MW BY MARCH 31, 2022
Remote Data Center Located on Oil & Gas Well Handles Cryptocurrency Mining
VAN NUYS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Capstone Green Energy Corporation (www.CapstoneGreenEnergy.com) (NASDAQ: CGRN) (“Capstone,” the “Company,” “we” or “us”), a global leader in carbon reduction and on-site resilient green energy as a service (EaaS) solutions, announced today that it has entered into a 4 megawatt (MW), two-year, long-term rental contract with a new end-use customer in the cryptocurrency mining space. The new two-year contract represents another 4 MW of clean Energy as a Service (EaaS) rental systems, and continues Capstone Green Energy’s expansion of its current long-term rental fleet to 21.1 MW by March 31, 2022.
“Capstone continues to expand its EaaS business, including its long-term rental program. This is an important element in achieving our near-term profitability goals as rentals generate higher contribution margin rates than traditional product sales,” said Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone Green Energy. “With this new 4 MW, long-term contract and the existing pipeline of rental projects, we expect to reach our goal of a 21.1 MW rental fleet by March 31, 2022,” concluded Mr. Jamison.
Located on an oil and gas well, this remote data center handles large volume, blockchain and cryptocurrency mining. The customer approached Capstone looking for an innovative way to take advantage of their existing on-site associated production gas, a byproduct that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.
Because Capstone microturbines are designed to offer fuel flexibility, the system will use the waste gas, essentially as free fuel, a benefit that not only reduces emissions but also offers operational savings. Further, the added reliability, low emissions, and nominal maintenance requirements of microturbine-based rental systems make them an ideal solution for remote locations, which can be hard to reach and often deal with challenging climate conditions.
Cryptocurrency mining is the process by which new crypto “coins” are entered into circulation. Their production requires highly sophisticated computers, often in a data center, to solve complex computational math problems. By their very nature, data centers require tremendous amounts of electricity. At a time when the utility grid is strained due to extreme weather, aging infrastructure, and inadequate transmission, on-site power provides a resilient, cost-effective alternative for energy-intensive facilities.