Silicon Ranch to develop another 107MWac of solar for Facebook

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
The Social Circle solar farm, one of Silicon Ranch's developments in Georgia.

US solar developer Silicon Ranch is to develop a new 107MW solar farm to power Facebook’s data centre in Newton County, Georgia.

That site will build on more than 200MW of solar developments linked to the data centre, which have been described as on track.

Walton Electric Membership Corporation (Walton EMC), the consumer-owned utility who Facebook originally tasked with powering the data centre, turned to Shell-backed Silicon Ranch to fund, construct, own and operate the 107MWac facility, dubbed Snipesville II.

While component manufacturers have not been disclosed, the project will see some 350,000 modules attached to single-axis trackers.

Snipesville II will build on a separate, 102.5MWac project in Early County, Georgia, which forms part of the 200MW solar commitment. That project uses modules shipped straight from Hanwha Q CELLS’ manufacturing facility in the state.

Silicon Ranch is to also implement its bespoke land management approach at the site. Billed as ‘Regenerative Energy’, Silicon Ranch’s approach uses grazing animals, native plants and wildlife habitats to enhance biodiversity and improve soil quality during the asset’s lifetime.

The project is slated to come online in 2021, and its generation will also produce “substantial revenue” to support Jeff Davis County’s school system, Walton EMC said.

Facebook announced the construction of a new data centre – its ninth such facility in the US – last March, appointing Walton EMC as its power supplier and tasking them with providing it solely with renewable electricity. Urvi Parekh, head of renewable energy at Facebook, said the investment would help the social media company reach its target of deriving 100% of its power demand from renewables, while further strengthening Georgia’s solar market.

Ronnie Lee, chief executive at Walton EMC, meanwhile said it had turned once again to Silicon Ranch given its status as a “proven performer”.

O&G major Shell acquired a minority stake in Tennessee-headquartered Silicon Ranch at the start of last year, heralding its reintroduction to the international solar market. The firm’s co-founder and CEO Reagan Farr said this latest development was a continuation of its “substantial investments” in rural Georgia.

To date, Silicon Ranch has developed more than 1GW of solar across Georgia.

Read Next

February 24, 2021
Microinverter supplier to use proceeds to repurchase notes due 2024 and 2025 as well as other corporate purposes
February 23, 2021
The development of Denmark’s grid will be driven by rising electricity demands from consumers rather than the growing renewables sector, a panel of key figures in the country’s green energy sector have suggested.
February 15, 2021
Longroad Energy to acquire ~900MWdc of solar, with battery storage additions also to be considered.
February 15, 2021
Lightsource BP has added another 845MW to its solar development pipeline by acquiring a PV project portfolio from local developer Iberia Solar.
February 15, 2021
US utility Duke Energy should refile its 2020 integrated resource plan (IRP) to effectively allow for the diversity benefits of solar and storage to be captured, it has been argued by energy consulting firm E3.
February 11, 2021
Oil and gas major Shell has said it will spend between US$2 billion and US$3 billion on renewables and energy solutions annually to help it attain net zero status by 2050.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events, Upcoming Webinars
March 9, 2021
Solar Media Events
March 17, 2021
Solar Media Events
April 13, 2021
Solar Media Events
April 20, 2021
Solar Media Events
June 15, 2021