In 2011, we announced our commitment to source 100 percent renewable energy to support our global operations and we achieved that goal in 2020.
Even though we operate some of the industry’s most efficient data centers, we need energy to run our servers and we care a lot about where that energy comes from. That is why we focus on supporting new wind and solar projects that are on the same electric grids that power our data centers, while collaborating with utilities, state regulators, and other customers to determine the best clean energy solutions for a cleaner grid.
Facebook is one of the largest corporate buyers of renewable energy, with current contracts in place for more than 6.1 gigawatts of wind and solar energy across 18 states and five countries.
Driving Energy Efficiency in Data Centers
We are making our data centers energy efficient through innovative design. Our hyper-efficient Open Compute Project servers can operate in a higher-temperature environment than traditional equipment. This lowers the amount of energy needed to keep our servers cool and makes it possible for Facebook data centers to use outdoor air for cooling instead of energy-intensive air-conditioning units.
Our data centers are currently supported by over 3.4 gigawatts of operating renewable energy projects – this is about as much power as 340 million LED light bulbs.
Increasing Access to Renewable Energy
An important part of our strategy to address climate change and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future is making it possible for businesses to more easily purchase clean energy. Working with local utilities, Facebook has helped to create the next generation of utility “green power” programs. These green tariffs allow customers to purchase renewable energy from a specific source at a predictable rate, which also promotes new investments in clean energy. To date, Facebook has pioneered six new green tariffs that are supporting our data centers with new wind and solar.
Advancing Industry Standards
As a founding member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), a strategic partner of RE-Source (a European platform for corporate renewable energy sourcing), and a member of RE100 (a global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electricity), we work with an extensive network of other companies to scale corporate procurement of clean energy across industries.
Download case studies to learn more about how we are advancing renewable energy.