Facebook signs third deal with Apex for renewable power

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Social media major Facebook has signed an agreement with Apex Clean Energy to purchase 170MW of renewable power.

The new agreement marks the third deal between the two companies in the past year.

Last year, Facebook signed similar agreements to buy renewable power from other two projects developed by Apex.

In total, the agreements makes Facebook as the largest corporate customer by megawatt of Apex.

Under the latest agreement, the social media company will procure power from the 300MW Lincoln Land wind project in Illinois.

The power purchase is part of Facebook’s goal to support its operations in the region with 100% renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 75%.

The Lincoln Land wind project is expected to come online in 2021.

Facebook renewable energy head Urvi Parekh said: “We are thrilled to partner with Apex once again to bring an additional 170 MW of new renewable energy to the grid.

“At Facebook, we are committed to not only supporting our operations with 100% renewable energy, but to helping accelerate the transition to renewable energy.

“With our recent announcement of our new data center in DeKalb, we are excited to bring renewable energy to Illinois.”

In 2019, Facebook signed agreements with Apex to buy a total renewable power of 261.1MW from the Altavista Solar and Aviator Wind East projects.

Apex Clean Energy president and CEO Mark Goodwin said: “The clean energy industry has long recognized Facebook as a leader.

“In its early commitment to utilizing 100% renewable energy, and now its continuing work to fulfill that pledge, Facebook has led from the front of the pack.

“Apex has a strong track record in enabling corporate clean energy procurement, and we’re excited that the Lincoln Land Wind PPA results in Facebook becoming our largest partner to date.”