EMC and Silicon Ranch commission 102.5 MW solar farm for Facebook's Newton Data Center
Post date: 16/12/2019 - 10:37
Facebook's first solar project in the state of Georgia is now operational in Early County. Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), a consumer-owned utility, and US developer, owner, and operator of solar energy plants Silicon Ranch Corp. commissioned the 102.5 MW (ac) solar facility
Facebook chose Walton EMC as the power supplier for its data center in Newton County when it announced the facility in March 2018. As part of its agreement to supply 100 percent renewable energy for the Newton Data Center, Walton EMC announced a contract in December 2018 with Silicon Ranch, the U.S. solar platform for Shell.
Silicon Ranch employed more than 675 people in Early County over the past ten months to assemble and install single-axis trackers that utilize Nextracker's TrueCapture smart control system, enabling more than 350,000 solar modules across more than 1,200 acres. The locally-sourced modules were among the first produced by Hanwha Q Cells at its new manufacturing facility in Whitfield County. As a tribute to the history of Early County, the project team has named the facility the »Bancroft Station Solar Farm« in honor of the original name of the local area.
As reported, in November Walton EMC announced a second agreement with Silicon Ranch on behalf of Facebook to support the Newton Data Center with renewable energy. Silicon Ranch will fund, construct, own, operate and maintain the 107 MW (ac) plant »Snipesville II« in Denton, Georgia, an unincorporated community in Jeff Davis County. The plant will come online in 2021. The construction phase is expected to support more than 500 jobs, with the vast majority coming from local labor and subcontractors.