We are committed to powering our operations with 100% clean and renewable energy. In 2015, we exceeded our goal of reaching 25% clean and renewable energy in our data center electricity supply mix. Building on that success, we doubled our target and expanded its scope— we are now aiming to have at least 50% clean and renewable energy in our company-wide energy mix in 2018.
Adding clean and renewable energy to the grid
We power our data centers in Luleå, Sweden, Altoona, Iowa, and Fort Worth, Texas, with 100% clean and renewable energy.* We are actively pursuing renewable energy options in the other regions where we operate data centers. Our Menlo Park headquarters is powered by 100% renewable energy.
*as tracked in the appropriate regional renewable energy credit tracking system for each facility
In Altoona, we worked with the local utility and a local developer to add 140 megawatts (MW) of new renewable wind energy to the grid. That’s enough energy to power more than 40,000 average Iowa homes. We’ll power all our most recently announced data centers in Ireland, Denmark, New Mexico, Nebraska, Ohio, and Virginia with 100% clean and renewable energy.
Access to cost-effective renewable energy is one of the primary factors used in selecting our data center locations. Unfortunately, procuring such energy solutions is not easy in many locations. We want to increase the development of renewable energy resources, and those resources should be accessible to all companies, regardless of their size. That’s why we work extensively with other companies, renewable developers, and utilities to design optimal solutions in the different locations where we operate. This includes working to add renewable energy to the utility’s resource mix and to implement new renewable energy tariffs — tariffs that are accessible not just to Facebook, but to other companies as well so that we can all work to grow the market for clean energy. It’s also why we joined the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, a coalition that works to identify and remove barriers to buying clean energy, and RE100, a collaborative, global initiative uniting more than 100 influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity.