Urvi Parekh, head of renewable energy at Facebook. Source: Facebook
Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with US energy producer D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) to help power its data centres in the Virginia region, including the Henrico Data Center, located nearby in Eastern Henrico County.
In total, the social media giant is buying 160MWac from the Chester Solar facility that will be built in Chesterfield County, Virginia. DESRI and Torch Clean Energy (Torch) are developing the project in partnership.
Chester is scheduled to supply new clean solar energy to Facebook, helping the company maintain its commitment to support its global operations with 100% renewable energy.
Hy Martin, chief development officer of DESRI, said: “The DESRI team is pleased to continue our strong relationship with Facebook, which, with the addition of Chester Solar, now totals over 650 MWac of contracted and operational clean power projects across the country.
“This project will create jobs, tax revenue, and other local economic development as Virginia becomes a national leader in the new energy economy. This facility is one of several renewable energy projects that our team has planned for large load centres in the PJM territory.”
The Chester Solar project is expected to deliver on an estimated 200 jobs during construction.
Urvi Parekh, head of renewable energy at Facebook, said: “We are excited to partner with DESRI once again to bring new solar energy to the grid.