Facebook signs deal to fuel Nebraska data centre with wind power
Wed 15 Nov 2017
Green energy firm Enel has started construction on a Nebraska wind farm that will produce 100% of the energy for Facebook’s new data centre in the state.
The Rattlesnake Creek wind farm, as it will be called, will have a total installed capacity of 320MW, of which 200MW will go to Facebook to power 100% of its new Papillion, Nebraska facility.
Facebook has bought the 200MW package under a bundled, long-term power purchase agreement, for its data centre located about 120 miles from the Rattlesnake Creek wind farm.
The wind farm is slated to cost Enel around $430 million (approx. £326 million) and is located in Dixon County, Nebraska. It will be able to generate an estimated 1.3TWh each year once fully operational – enough to power the annual energy requirements of more than 100,000 households, as well as eliminating 940,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.
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Head of Enel Green Power, Antonio Cammisecra, said: “This project consolidates our growing presence in the U.S. as our company enters into a new state and expands our business with new partners.
“We are thrilled to be able to support Facebook’s growing renewable energy needs in Nebraska and be a part of driving economic development in the region.”
Facebook director of global energy, Bobby Hollis, praised the collaborative effort that has led to the partnership. “We know from experience that when people come together, they can do a lot of good in the world,” he said.
“Today, we are one step closer to our goal of powering all of our operations with clean and renewable energy, and we are grateful to our partners for this collaboration.”
Enel Green Power North America is the U.S. division of the Enel Group and is a leading operator of renewable energy plants in North America. The Enel Group, based out of Italy, states that its current worldwide capacity stands at more than 41,000MW across a total of 1259 plants, using biomass, wind, hydroelectric, solar and geothermal production.
Microsoft recently announced a similar partnership, with Swedish energy provider Vattenfall, in order to supply a Dutch data centre. Through this deal, the entirety of the energy from a Vattenfall onshore wind farm will go towards Microsoft’s facility.