Facebook, with an agreement with Walton Electric Membership Corporation, will have hundreds of acres of solar panels on the electrical grid of the US state of Georgia. Along with the green energy production, the solar energy project will revitalize both the local economy and the state economy, with hundreds of jobs to be created.
The power purchase arrangement based on customer choise could be a national example as a community-supported solar energy program. Walton EMC CEO Ronnie Lee said that they are very happy to guarantee a renewable energy solution that Facebook was seeking. They also stressed that this new power supply arrangement could serve as a positive economic and environmental template for future industrial developments. With the solar energy systems to be installed, Facebook’s new data center will work with clean and renewable energy.
The Newton Data Center, the ninth plant of Facebook, will be one of the world’s most advanced, energy efficient facilities, consisting of a total of 970,000 square meters of three building campuses and 38 percent less electricity than Facebook’s other data centers. The Newton Data Center, scheduled to be in operation in 2020, will help to serve Facebook applications and services to more than 2 billion people worldwide.