Facebook purchases power from new 300MW wind project

The wind farm is expected to help the social media giant reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75%

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A new 300MW wind project in Illinois will power Facebook’s operations and help the social media giant meet its climate goals.

Facebook has signed a power purchase agreement with Apex Energy for approximately 170MW of renewable capacity from the project.

Lincoln Land Wind, which is expected to start operations in 2021, will help Facebook meet its goal of supporting its operations in the region with 100% renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 75%.

The project, located in Morgan County, Illinois, is estimated to generate approximately $65 million (£49.7m) in local tax revenue, $90 million (£68.8m) in payments to landowners and nearly 400 jobs during construction.

Urvi Parekh, Head of Renewable Energy at Facebook, said: “At Facebook, we are committed to not only supporting our operations with 100% renewable energy but to help 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.”