Facebook will get electricity from the sun and wind
Social network Facebook intends to fully provide itself with electricity from renewable sources by the end of the year. The company has bought several assets in the solar and wind energy industry in the U.S. and Europe to achieve its goal, the network said.
Facebook will participate in the development of a 28.8MW Lisheen III wind farm in Ireland, which will power the company's data centre in Mit County as well as its European headquarters in Dublin. The network will work with the Canadian foundation Brookfield Renewable Partners, which already owns a wind farm in Ireland that produces electricity for Facebook.
The new wind farm will generate enough electricity to supply 20,000 households per year.
Facebook has also agreed on new wind and solar energy projects in four U.S. states, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee and Utah, which together will provide 800 MW for the company. Contracts have been signed with D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments and Apex Clean Energy.
The company has already signed deals to participate in renewable energy projects for more than 5 GW capacity. So far, only 2 GW of these are in operation, another 1.5 GW is to be commissioned by the end of the year.
The social network is known for its investments in solar energy in the USA. In November, the company announced two of its largest solar projects: Prospero Solar 300 MW in Texas and Cove Mountain 2 122 MW in Utah.
Both are to be implemented in 2020. Facebook will also receive solar power from one of Texas' most important projects, the 497MW Roadrunner.