A large wind farm in Coke County, Texas, will sell 200 megawatts of energy output to Facebook when it comes online next year. The tech giant is one of many firms interested in purchasing power from the Aviator Wind project, with developer Apex hoping to find corporate buyers for the 512 megawatts the facility will output.
Upon completion, Aviator will reportedly be the largest single-site wind farm in the United States. Duke Energy operates the largest wind farm in Texas, which is capable of producing over 900 megawatts of power. However, that facility was built in several different stages over four years.
Facebook’s power purchase from the Aviator Wind project will add to the 2.2 gigawatts of renewable energy the company purchased by the end of 2018.
“As part of our goal to support 100% of our operations with renewable energy, we want to help drive the energy transition and increase access to wind and solar power around the world,” says Urvi Parekh, renewable energy manager at Facebook. “This project will be an important part of successfully reaching our targets.”
Google is another leader in the corporate race to invest in renewables. In April 2018, Google confirmed it purchased more than enough renewable energy to power its global operations, meeting a target set in December 2016. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, as of April 2018, Google investments created an additional 2.4 gigawatts of renewable energy in the United States.