November 20 (Renewables Now) - Social media giant Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) will be powering its data centre in Newton County, Georgia, with electricity from a 107-MW solar park project.
Acting on behalf of Facebook, consumer-owned utility Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) said on Tuesday it has inked an off-take deal with Silicon Ranch Corp, the owner of the specific project. The utility was chosen as the power supplier for Facebook’s Newton data centre last March and was tasked with supplying 100% renewables power for the facility.
Under the contract, power for the data centre will come from the Snipesville II photovoltaic (PV) park in Georgia’s Jeff Davis County, scheduled for commissioning in 2021. Silicon Ranch will fund, build, own, operate and maintain the solar farm, using more than 350,000 PV modules mounted on single-axis trackers. The construction phase of the scheme is expected to create over 500 jobs.
The power purchase deal supports Facebook’s goal to use 100% renewables electricity for its global operations in 2020.