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US utility Dominion Energy has expanded its partnership with Facebook to increase renewable energy generation in Virginia.

Dominion Energy and Facebook are developing a new 100MW solar facility in Greensville County.

Once operational, in 2020, Sadler Solar plant will support Facebook’s operations with 100% renewable energy.

The project is Dominion’s eight solar projects powering Facebook’s operations in Virginia and North Carolina.

Dominion Energy will build, own and operate the solar facility. Facebook will purchase the environmental attributes generated by the solar facility.

The partnership helps enable Facebook’s goal of supporting its global operations with 100% renewable energy in 2020. Dominion Energy has a goal of adding 3,000MW of new solar and wind energy in operation or under development in Virginia by 2022.

“Partnerships with companies like Facebook help drive the addition of renewable energy to the grid,” said Emil Avram, Dominion Energy’s vice president, Business Development. “We are honored to work with them to help meet their sustainability goals as well as continue to expand renewable energy across the Dominion Energy service area.”

Urvi Parekh, head of Renewable Energy at Facebook. “Since 2017, this partnership has resulted in over 690MW of new solar energy in Virginia and North Carolina and has helped strengthen the renewable energy market in the region.”