Walton EMC contracts 200 MW of new PV projects for Facebook’s data center in Georgia, USA

Silicon Ranch’s 52 MW »Hazlehurst II« in Georgia

Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), a consumer-owned utility, has executed contracts with two solar developers for three new solar projects as part of its agreement to supply 100 percent renewable energy for Facebook’s data center in Newton County, Georgia, USA. According to the company, the collaboration is the largest solar development project in Georgia.
Independent solar power producer Silicon Ranch Corp., U.S. solar platform for Shell, and provider of utility-scale, commercial and industrial solar photovoltaic systems Strata Solar will construct the solar power plants that will support the new data center. The total investment of Silicon Ranch and Strata Solar will reach more than $230 million. Construction will create more than 800 jobs, with additional employment for ongoing operation and maintenance.
The Silicon Ranch 102.5 MW (ac) project is located in Early County, expected completion is in 2019. The facility will deploy the first locally-produced solar modules from Hanwha Q Cells’s new manufacturing facility in Georgia. The Strata Solar projects are located in Calhoun (80 MWac) and Colquitt Counties (20 MWac). Expected completion is 2020.
The Newton Data Center is Facebook’s ninth such facility in the country. According to Walton, the centers use 38 percent less electricity than the average data center.

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