November 22 (Renewables Now) - Social media giant Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has signed an off-take deal to buy the electricity generated by a 61.6-MW portion of an 80-MW solar park in Virginia, owned by Apex Clean Energy.
The power purchase agreement (PPA) is for the Altavista solar photovoltaic (PV) scheme in Campbell County, which is slated to begin operations next year. The particular project will be Apex’s largest solar project to date and its first renewable power plant on the East Coast, the wind and solar developer said on Thursday.
The electricity from the solar park will be used for Facebook’s operations in Virginia, supporting the tech firm in meeting its goal of cutting its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 75% and power 100% of its global operations with renewables in 2020.
This is the second PPA between Facebook and Apex this year. Under a contract signed in September, Facebook will get the output of a 200-MW portion of the 525-MW Aviator Wind project in Texas, to be commissioned in 2020.