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WALTON EMC ADDS 125MW FOR FACEBOOK NEWTON DATA CENTER

The consumer-owned utility, Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) has established a duo-contract with Silicon Ranch to supply an additional 125MW of green energy for Facebook’s data center in Newton County, Georgia.

In a bid to deliver 100% renewable energy to the data center, Walton EMC is engaging Silicon Ranch to develop two new solar projects, totaling the announced 125MW.

These agreements also represent the third and fourth solar projects, carried out through Facebook, Walton EMC, and Silicon Ranch partnership in Georgia. The first is a 107MW solar project in Jeff Davis County, followed by another 102.5MW solar facility sited in Early County.

“One of our core cooperative principles at Walton EMC is ‘Concern for Community,’ and each of our partners shares this fundamental value. By working together with a shared vision to do what’s right for Georgia, we’re able to work with Facebook and Silicon Ranch to drive positive economic impacts in rural communities across the state,” said Ronnie Lee, CEO of Walton EMC.

Silicon Ranch will setup the first solar farm in Appling County, a rural community in southeast Georgia. The company expects that this facility will generate 25MW of clean, renewable energy when it opens in late 2020.

The second site is located in Lumpkin, the seat of Stewart County, southwest Georgia. This solar farm is expected to generate 100MW of green energy and it is scheduled for completion in 2022.

“We are committed to supporting all of Facebook’s operations with 100 percent renewable energy, and we are thrilled to have strong partners such as Walton EMC and Silicon Ranch to help us achieve that ambitious goal for the Newton Data Center,” said Urvi Parekh, Head of Renewable Energy at Facebook.

According to Walton EMC, both projects will create over 800 construction jobs, with additional employment for ongoing operation and maintenance.