320MW US wind farm to power Facebook data centre

Construction has begun on a 320MW wind farm in the US state of Nebraska that will supply 100% of the power required to operate a Facebook data centre in the region.

The US$430 million Rattlesnake Creek wind farm is being built by Enel Green Power North America, the regional renewable energy division of European utility Enel, in Dixon County, Nebraska.

Social media behemoth Facebook will eventually purchase power from 200MW of the farm’s capacity under a power purchase agreement, to be used at its date centre in Papillion, Nebraska.

The facility will produce roughly 1.3TWh per year when fully operational, enough to meet the energy needs of over 105,000 homes and helping to cut the emission of around 940,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

“This project consolidates our growing presence in the US as our company enters into a new state and expands our business with new partners,” said Antonio Cammisecra, head of Enel Green Power.

“We are thrilled to be able to support Facebook’s growing renewable energy needs in Nebraska and be a part of driving economic development in the region,” he added.