July 19 (Solar) – Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has struck a deal with electric utility Pacific Power to add 437 MW of solar capacity that will help the US social networking giant provide 100% renewable power supply for its Prineville data centre in Oregon.
The move is part of Facebook’s long-term sustainability programme and is in line with its target of sourcing at least 50% of the power it consumes from clean and renewable energy sources in 2018. In a press release on Wednesday, Pacific Power said that two projects of the 437-MW portfolio will be located in the Prineville area. They will have a combined capacity of 100 MW.
Facebook’s goal is to use 100% clean and renewable energy for its global operations. In May, it inked a deal to buy 1,000 GWh of electricity from the 294-MW Bjerkreim cluster of wind farms in Norway so as to power its Nordic data centres in Odense, Denmark, and Lulea, Sweden. According to its website, the company is already powering its data centres in Altoona, Iowa and Fort Worth, Texas, entirely with renewables. Its Menlo Park headquarters is also supplied by renewables-generated power only.