Facebook has bought the entire output from the 294 MW Bjerkreim cluster of Norwegian wind farms to supply its new data centers in Denmark and Sweden.

The 15-year power purchase agreements between the social media giant and asset manager Luxcara would see delivery of over 1 TWh per year of electricity from the yet-to-be-built wind projects.
Facebook data center Odense
The move followed similar corporate PPAs to supply Danish data centers being built by Apple and Google, in a growing trend for companies to support renewable energy investments and guarantee their power-hungry operations are sustainable.

The $470m Bjerkreim cluster wind farms (at Gravdal, Skinansfjellet and Eikeland-Steinsland) are in southwest Norway near Stavanger.

Platts reports that the wind farms are to be financed, built and operated by Hamburg-based Luxcara, with commercial operation due in Q4 2019. In all, some 70 Siemens Gamesa 4.2 MW turbines are to be installed across the three sites.

“Facebook’s PPAs will provide the long-term financial certainty needed for the projects,” Luxcara said.

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.

Expansion in data centers is set to drive demand up across the Nordic countries, with Danish power demand alone forecast to rise by almost 35 per cent between 2017 and 2030 in large part because of the digital hubs, the Danish Energy Agency said in April.
The 15-year power purchase agreements between the social media giant and asset manager Luxcara would see delivery of over 1 TWh per year of electricity from the yet-to-be-built wind projects.

The move followed similar corporate PPAs to supply Danish data centers being built by Apple and Google, in a growing trend for companies to support renewable energy investments and guarantee their power-hungry operations are sustainable.

The $470m Bjerkreim cluster wind farms (at Gravdal, Skinansfjellet and Eikeland-Steinsland) are in southwest Norway near Stavanger.

Platts reports that the wind farms are to be financed, built and operated by Hamburg-based Luxcara, with commercial operation due in Q4 2019. In all, some 70 Siemens Gamesa 4.2 MW turbines are to be installed across the three sites.

“Facebook’s PPAs will provide the long-term financial certainty needed for the projects,” Luxcara said.

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.

Expansion in data centers is set to drive demand up across the Nordic countries, with Danish power demand alone forecast to rise by almost 35 per cent between 2017 and 2030 in large part because of the digital hubs, the Danish Energy Agency said in April.