Facebook, Pacific Power plan 437 MW of solar in US


Pacific Power has announced it is partnering with Facebook for the construction of 437 MW of solar projects in Oregon and Utah. No additional information was provided in a Pacific Power press release on the four projects in Utah, which are likely to serve Facebook’s new Eagle Mountain Data Center, however there is some limited information regarding the two Oregon projects, which were the subject of a public announcement featuring Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D).

And here, the role of Pacific Power becomes more clear. In the case of Oregon, the utility’s position is to act as a middle man between Facebook and developer Invenergy, which is building two projects totaling 100 MW to serve the social media giant’s latest data center in Prineville, northeast of Bend in sunny Eastern Oregon.

Invenergy declined to provide any additional information to pv magazine on these projects, even their location, but the name of one of the plants – Millican – gives a clue. Millican is a semi-abandoned town (population:4?) on a desolate stretch of Highway 20, a road that the author once drove for about 100 miles without finding a gas station. Sunlight is the one thing that the town has ample amounts of, besides sagebrush, juniper and pine trees, and on Highway 20 wild horses outnumber human residents.

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Invenergy has stated that it expects to have the 55 MW Prineville and 45 MW Millican plants online in late 2020. When complete, Facebook expects this data center to be 100% powered by renewable energy.

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