Invenergy, a privately held renewable energy company in North America, has partnered with Facebook and Pacific Power to provide renewable energy to the social media company’s data centre in Prineville, Oregon.
Under the partnership, Invenergy will provide 100MW of solar power from two separate local projects located in Crook County, Oregon.
Out of the 100MW, 55MW of solar power will be generated from Prineville Solar facility, and the remaining 45MW from Millican Solar facility. The solar power produced from these plants will support a larger arrangement through Pacific Power, matching 100% of the social media company’s electric use at its Prineville data centre with renewable energy.
Invenergy executive vice president and chief commercial officer Jim Shield said: “We are excited that through this partnership with Pacific Power, Invenergy’s solar farms will be helping power economic growth in Prineville, Oregon as well as Facebook’s sustainability goals.
“This partnership reflects Invenergy’s commitment to local economic investment and sustainability that carries across our work with both utilities and corporate renewable energy purchasers.”
Facebook energy strategy manager Peter Freed said: “Invenergy’s two new solar projects were a great fit to power our Prineville Data Center and also help us further contribute to the city’s prosperity.
“Prineville was our first data center and we are thrilled to be adding it to our list of hyper-efficient facilities supported by 100% renewable energy.”
Both solar facilities are anticipated to be online in late 2020, with each site expected to generate around 100 jobs during construction phase.
Invenergy has been partnering with corporate customers to develop new renewable energy capacity. Since 2015, it has teamed up with 12 corporate customers to develope more than 1,540MW of renewable power..
So far this year, the company has signed over 745MW of clean energy power purchase agreements with companies including MGM, Grupo Bimbo and Merck.