Another Facebook data center goes solar

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Facebook continues to resort to solar and renewables to provide with power its numerous data center across the world. Just a week after New Mexico regulators approved power contracts for Facebook to buy electricity from a pair of 50 MW-AC solar plants, to be built over the next two years, to feed its new data center in Los Lunas, it has now announced that its recently built 170,000 square meter data center in Singapore, as well as its operations in the country, will also rely on a power supply exclusively coming from renewable energy.

“We are so excited to announce we are partnering with Sembcorp to support our Singapore Data Center and local offices with solar energy. This agreement represents the first step towards supporting our operations in Singapore with 100% renewable energy,” Facebook said on its official page.

Sembcorp Industries revealed in a separate press release that the deal is based on a 20-year PPA, and that the required electricity will be supplied by 900 rooftop PV systems with a combined capacity of 50 MW.

Sembcorp, which has currently operational wind and solar power assets totaling 2.5 GW across Singapore, China and India, aims to double its renewables portfolio by 2022.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance‘s 2H Corporate Energy Market Outlook report, Facebook is the largest corporate buyer of clean energy to date this year. According to the BNEF figures, it has purchased more than 1.1 GW of energy from renewable sources, including solar PV, in 2018, helping the corporate world to already surpass the record 5.4 GW of clean energy procured last year.