In an attempt to go green with solar, social networking giant Facebook and US-based Dominion Energy has announced that it has associated to set up 6 new solar facilities with total capacity of 350 MW.
These 350 MW solar plants will be devoted to Facebook, the company said in a declaration.
Through this deal, both the companies aim to achieve their ambitious targets i.e. Dominion Energy aims 3GW new solar and wind energy in operation or under development by 2022, while Facebook aims to run completely on renewable energy by 2020.
Further, these solar projects are expected to become operational by mid-2020 and all of them are in addition to the two previously announced 240 MW solar projects.
Commenting on the development, Facebook, Head of Global Energy and Site Selection, Bobby Hollis said, “We are thrilled to be able to partner with Dominion Energy to support our operations with new renewable energy resources and bring additional investment to the region.”
“We look forward to continuing to partner together to further grow the clean energy market and encourage others to power their operations with renewable resources,” Hollis added.
Dominion Energy said in a statement that, it is committed to seeking innovative solutions to meet the needs of small businesses and major corporations like Facebook.
Currently, it has more than 30 solar facilities totaling 884 MW of solar generation operational or under development in the Commonwealth – enough energy to power more than 220,000 homes at peak output.
The Richmond-headquartered company now owns the fourth-largest solar fleet among utility holding companies in the nation, and operates nuclear units that provide carbon-free generation to supplement solar when the sun is not shining. It is planning to cut generating fleet carbon dioxide emissions 80 per cent by 2050 and to trim methane emissions from its gas assets 50 per cent by 2030.
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