Facebook Data Center to Get Solar Power from First Solar Power Plant

First Solar, a Tempe, Arizona-based maker of Cadmium Telluride solar cells, plans to develop and build a solar power plant to support Facebook’s Prineville, Oregon Data Center.

The 58 megawatt (MW)AC Cove Mountain Solar Project, near Enterprise, Utah, will generate renewable energy that will support Facebook’s Prineville Data Center.

The support for the data center will come from a power purchase agreement (PPA) with PacifiCorp and will be part of a larger plan to provide 100 percent renewable energy.

Project for Facebook Data Center to use Series 6 CdTe Modules

The Cove Mountain Solar Project will utilize the solar company’s Series 6 thin-film modules mounted on single-axis trackers. First Solar expects to begin project construction in late 2019. At its peak, the company anticipates nearly 500 construction jobs and estimates an average of approximately 200 construction jobs during the project. Commissioning is tentatively scheduled for late 2020. First Solar Energy Services plans to provide Operations and Maintenance services after the project is commissioned.

“We have been pleased to work with both Facebook and PacifiCorp on a collaboration that creates value for all parties,” said Eran Mahrer, First Solar’ vice president of Markets, Origination and Government Affairs. “This is an exciting example of how utilities and corporations are collaborating to achieve economic benefits for their stakeholders and also advance renewable energy objectives.”

“We are thrilled that our Prineville Data Center will finally be supported by 100 percent renewable energy,” said Peter Freed, Facebook Energy Strategy Manager. “We appreciate First Solar’s efforts to help us provide solar energy on the same grid as our data center.”

“As a U.S. manufacturer, we are thrilled to facilitate this type of regional development, which helps create good-paying construction and manufacturing jobs,” commented First Solar Vice President of Project Development Kathryn Arbeit.