Facebook boosts goal to use 100% renewable energy in its data centers

Did you know that Facebook uses renewable energy in most of its data centers globally?

Image by Mark Zuckerberg via Facebook

For Earth Day, Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg also announced that they will further add new solar facilities in its six data centers.

The move, according to Zuckerberg, is in line with the company’s goal to make all Facebook data centers around the world 100-percent solar energy-powered.

Facebook aims to support its global operations with 1005 renewable energy by 2020.

On his Facebook page, Zuckerberga announced last April 23 that six new solar projects to support Facebook data centers are under way.

“Our data centers are already some of the most energy efficient in the world, and last year we set a goal for all our data centers and offices to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. These new solar projects will help us reach that goal,” Zuckerberg said.

Image by Mark Zuckerberg via Facebook

According to a report, Facebook has partnered with Dominion Energy for the addition of six new solar facilities that will be built in Dominion Energy’s service area in Virginia and North Carolina. Under the project, up to 350 megawatts of solar energy in the area.

The facilities are expected to be operational by the middle of 2020. 

The new projects are:20MW Montross Solar in Westmoreland County, Virginia; 20MW Gloucester Solar in Gloucester, Virginia; 80MW Grasshopper Solar in Mecklenburg, Virginia; 75MW Chestnut Solar in Halifax County, North Carolina; 75MW Pecan Solar in Northampton County, North Carolina; and 80MW Gutenberg Solar in Northampton County, also in North Carolina.

Three of them were already completed.