Facebook, the major internet company, will have a 120 megawatts capacity solar complex in Utah, that will power its data centers in Eagle Mountain, in the state. The company that will deliver it, Rocky Mountain Power, announced this Tuesday.
Firstly, Rocky Mountain Power will build the complex in Iron County; the project is called Appaloosa solar, and it will be delivered under Rocky Mountain Power’s Schedule 34 green energy tariff, which allows large customers to purchase renewable energy generated on their behalf.
Secondly, the project will add new 120Mw of solar capacity to Utah; and will also bring the total amount of in-state solar energy signed to support Facebook’s regional data centers to 814MW. According to the statement, this would be the equivalent to 53% of the current net summer capacity of solar generation in the state.
Consequently, the project will also help Utah on its quest to decarbonization of its economy; while helping Facebook also to reach its goal of a 100% renewable power for its operations around the world.
Thirdly, rPlus Energies will develop the solar complex; which will enter into commercial operations around the end of 2023. It will provide ongoing tax benefits for Iron County. However, an exact number of payments or benefits for the state remained unknown.
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Facebook advancing in its goal to 100% renewable energy for its operations
Moreover, about the project’s relevance to Facebook, Urvi Parekh, Head of Renewable Energy at the company, said. “Utah has been a great home for our data center; and we are also proud to help add new solar energy to the electrical grid.”
He also remarked. “Our goal is to continue to support all of our operations with 100% renewable energy; and this partnership with rPlus Energies and Rocky Mountain Power helps us achieve that.”
On the other hand, Luigi Resta, rPlus Energies CEO, said. “We look forward to helping Rocky Mountain Power and Facebook tap both the excellent solar capacity; and also talent available in Iron County. Our team is also proud of our history in Iron County, helping to diversify and modernize the county’s energy mix; through utility-scale solar development.”
Finally, Reed Erickson, Iron County planner, concluded. “Collaborative solar development projects, like Appaloosa Solar; benefit our citizens in many positive ways and we also recognize the significant contributions made to our community by the solar industry.”