Dominion powers Facebook with six solar projects


Facebook and Dominion Energy have announced a partnership on six solar projects in the US states of Virginia and North Carolina.

The virtual power-purchase agreement is set to add up to 350MW of new capacity, which Facebook will use to power data centers and facilities in the two states.

Dominion developed one of the projects which totals 20 MW, and will purchase the five other projects from BayWa r.e. Solar Projects and EDF Renewables.

Facebook has committed to 100 percent renewable energy, and has set a target of the end of 2020. It has reached as much as 51 percent renewable energy for its operations at the end of 2017, and has said it “work(s) to ensure that all of the renewable energy projects we contract for are on the same electrical grid as our data centers.”

Dominion plans to have 3 gigawatts of wind and solar under construction, or complete by 2022.

The two companies are already working on two projects in Surry County, Virginia, which total 240MW, which will also provide power to Facebook’s Virginia data center.

Facebook, for instance, is a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, which consist of corporations working towards a goal of bringing more than 60 gigawatts of renewable energy online by 2025. 

Whilst this news bodes well for Facebook’s position as a clean-energy leader, the social media giant got some not-so-great news in the form of a $39 million bill for new transmission lines to its New Mexico data centre. Here’s the story.