Facebook has selected consumer-owned utility Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) to power its new Newton Data Centre with 100% renewable energy.
Walton EMC will install hundreds of acres of solar panels on Georgia’s electric grid as part of an innovative power supply agreement with the technology company.
Besides generating Facebook’s green energy, the solar energy project will create hundreds of jobs and boost both the local and state economies.
The power purchase arrangement designed for customer choice is an industry first, said Walton EMC CEO Ronnie Lee.
“We are happy that we could guarantee the renewable energy solution that Facebook was searching for,” Lee said. “And we are pleased to be partnering with them on a power supply arrangement that can serve as a positive economic and environmental template for future industrial developments throughout the nation.”
“We are committed to powering our data centres with 100% clean and renewable energy, and finding strong partners that can help us achieve that ambitious goal is a key part of our selection process,” said Rachel Peterson, vice president of data centre strategy at Facebook.
“We are excited to work with Walton EMC to bring hundreds of megawatts of renewable energy to the electrical grid in Georgia.”