Energy Manager Today recently published an article about Facebook going solar.
They signed a virtual power purchase agreement for 80MW of solar power.
Here is a snippet:
Digital Realty, a global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced this week the signing of a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) on behalf of Facebook to support its renewable energy goals at data center facilities leased from Digital Realty.
Under the agreement, Digital Realty has executed a long-term renewable power purchase contract to secure approximately 80 megawatts of solar power capacity for Facebook. Digital Realty contracted with SunEnergy1, which has developed and will own and operate the solar project, to be located within Virginia Electric and Power Company territory in North Carolina. Under the terms of the agreement, all renewable energy certificates and environmental claims will be delivered to Facebook.
This agreement marks the first back-to-back utility-scale renewable energy transaction between a data center provider landlord utilizing a VPPA to underpin the renewable energy supply dedicated to a customer. Digital Realty worked in partnership with Facebook to structure the transaction to align with Facebook’s quality standards for new renewable energy projects within the same power grid as the data center load.