Facebook has bought a 294 MW cluster of Norwegian wind farms

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a wind farm in Oklahoma, USA

Social media giant Facebook has bought the power from three wind projects in southwest Norway, with a combined capacity of 294MW.

"We are excited to partner with Luxcara on our largest European renewable energy solution to date," said Vince Van Son, Facebook’s commercial director for energy and infrastructure.

The three farms will consist of 70 pieces of 4.2-MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbines in total. The projects should be completed next year, according to information on the website of Norsk Vind Energi.

The 15-year power purchase agreements between Facebook and Luxcara would see delivery of over 1 TWh per year of electricity from the yet-to-be-built wind projects, known as the Bjerkreim cluster, Luxcara said.

Wind farm in Norvey. Author: John Christian Fjellestad. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

The Bjerkreim deal includes wind farms at Gravdal, Skinansfjellet and Eikeland-Steinsland built at a cost of €400 million (US$469m) in Rogaland County in Southwest Norway, and known collectively as the Bjerkreim cluster.

”As part of our project, we invested in infrastructure to recover excess heat from our data center which, in collaboration with the local district heating company Fjernvarme Fyn, is recycled into heating for the community,” says the Facebook blog.

Meanwhile, Swedish utility Vattenfall has been contracted by Facebook to integrate and balance the wind power in the Nordic grid, ensuring Facebook's new data centers in Odense, Denmark and Lulea, Sweden are powered 100% by renewable energy, Vattenfall said.

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