Facebook has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Apex Clean Energy to source nearly 170MW of renewable power.
Located in Morgan County, Illinois, the 300MW Lincoln Land Wind project will supply Facebook in the US when it enters its operational phase next year.
Apex Clean Energy operating company said the project will create 400 full-time jobs during construction, and nine long-term local operations positions once operational.
The plant will generate approximately $65m in local tax revenue, $90m in payments to landowners.
Apex Clean Energy president and CEO Mark Goodwin said: “The clean energy industry has long recognised Facebook as a leader. In its early commitment to utilising 100% renewable energy, and now its continuing work to fulfil that pledge, Facebook has led from the front of the pack.
“Apex has a strong track record in enabling corporate clean energy procurement, and we’re excited that the Lincoln Land Wind PPA results in Facebook becoming our largest partner to date.”
Once completed, the wind facility will help Facebook to support its operations in the region with renewable energy, while reducing 75% greenhouse gas emissions.
With this latest PPA agreement, Facebook has become Apex’s largest corporate customer in terms of capacity.
Facebook Renewable Energy head Urvi Parekh said: “We are thrilled to partner with Apex once again to bring an additional 170 MW of new renewable energy to the grid.
“At Facebook, we are committed to not only supporting our operations with 100% renewable energy but to helping accelerate the transition to renewable energy. With our recent announcement of our new data centre in DeKalb, we are excited to bring renewable energy to Illinois.”
The remaining 130MW of clean energy from Lincoln Land Wind will be sold to another corporate off-taker. The company will announce this at a later date.
Last November, Facebook agreed to purchase power from Apex Clean Energy’s Altavista solar farm in the state of Virginia. The plant will become operational in 2020, as part of a power purchase agreement (PPA).