Data centre operator buying 80 MW of solar for Facebook

The Fort Worth data centre. Source: Facebook Inc. License: All rights reserved

January 25 (Renewables Now) - A partner of social media giant Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) will purchase 80 MW of solar power for leased data centres from a photovoltaic (PV) park that will be constructed in North Carolina.

Facebook will get all renewable energy certificates and environmental claims from the PV project under a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) between Digital Realty (NYSE:DLR), from which it leases data centre capacity, and developer SunEnergy1. Digital Reality announced the deal on Thursday, saying that the agreement is the first back-to-back utility-scale renewable energy transaction in which a data centre landlord uses a VPPA to underpin a customer-dedicated renewable energy supply.

Bobby Hollis, head of global energy at Facebook, said that the contract is in line with Facebook’s commitment to use 100% renewables for all of its operations and improve the overall access to renewable markets.

SunEnergy1 will own and operate the solar park, located within utility Virginia Electric and Power’s territory in North Carolina.

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