Wind to power the Papillion Data Center

October 19, 2017

We know from experience that when people come together, they can do a lot of good in the world. To ensure we are able to support our Papillion data center with clean and renewable energy, we came together with Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) to create a new tariff that ensures renewable energy solutions are accessible not just to Facebook, but other companies as well. With the new tariff in place, we were able to seek new Nebraska wind projects to meet our goal of powering our Papillion operations with 100 percent clean and renewable energy.

Today, we’re proud to announce we have now selected a new Nebraska wind project to power the Papillion Data Center. We worked with OPPD and Tradewind Energy to partner on a large new wind farm, known as the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project. The project is located in Dixon County, Nebraska — about 100 miles from our data center — and will create up to 300 additional construction jobs.

Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project expects to add 320MW of wind energy to the electrical grid: 200MW will be allocated for our data center and 120MW will be available to other buyers. This wind project would not be built without Facebook’s commitment and the energy requirements of our data center.

Thank you to OPPD and Tradewind Energy for their partnership. This wind project not only helps us reach our clean and renewable energy goals, but improves opportunities for other energy customers across the region.

Note: The photo above is a simulation.

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