Facebook aims at 100% renewable power usage by end-2020
Solar power plant. Source: Facebook Inc
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) pledged on Tuesday to power its operations worldwide with 100% renewable energy and to lower greenhouse gas emissions 75% by end-2020.
The social networking giant said in a statement that it now has signed contracts for the purchase of more than 3 GW of new solar and wind energy. Over 2.5 GW of that was agreed in the past 12 months.
The latest such deal is with the North American unit of EDP Renewables SA (EPA:EDPR). Facebook signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR NA) a month ago for a portion of the 200-MW Headwaters II wind farm in Indiana.
“All of these wind and solar projects are new and on the same grid as our data centers. That means that each of these projects brings jobs, investment and a healthier environment to the communities that host us — from Prineville, Oregon, and Los Lunas, New Mexico, to Henrico, Virginia, and Luleå, Sweden,” the company said.
Facebook achieved a year early it previous goal of supporting 50% of its facilities with renewable energy by 2018.