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First Facebook contract for renewable energy in India

Facebook contract for renewable energy

Facebook contract for renewable energy

SOURCE: Live Mint

The first social media giant contract of this kind in the South Asian nation was signed on Thursday by Facebook to purchase green energy in the India from a local wind power project.

In a joint release, the 32 megawatt wind power project in Southern Karnataka is part of a broader wind and solar portfolio that Facebook and Mumbai-based CleanMax are collaborating together to provide renewable energy to India’s grid.

Facebook contract for renewable energy

CleanMax would own and run projects, while Facebook would purchase electricity off the grid through certificates of environmental attribute or carbon credits, said the firms.

Urvi Parekh, the Facebook leader in green power, told Reuters that Reuters normally does not own power plants; instead, the organisation signs a long-term contract with the renewable power company to purchase electricity.

Similar collaborations with Sunseap Group, Terrenus Energy and Sembcorp Industries, energy providers Facebook have reported in Singapore on plans to generate 160 MW of solar energy, Parekh said.

The power produced from those power plants would power the first Asian data centre of the technological giant that will begin operations next year.

Facebook contract for renewable energy

The International Energy Agency said last year that data centres that drive technology firms such as Facebook consume as much as 1% of the global overall energy.

Tech firms, such as Amazon, Alphabet Inc and Microsoft are committed with carbon-free operations and net nil emissions, with a projected steady increase in demand for data and digital services.

Separately on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the company’s global activities are now entirely driven by clean energies and that it has achieved net-zero emissions.

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