The social media giant is purchasing 200 MW of installed capacity to help power the data center. Facebook says that 200 MW is more energy than it needs for the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, Facebook says it is ‘proud to have played a role in bringing this project to Texas.’
The Shannon project, currently under construction, is being developed by Alterra Power Corp. and Starwood Energy Group Global, which, earlier this month, completed a $287 million construction loan for the project.
The project is expected to begin commercial operations later this year or in early 2016. GE is supplying 119 wind turbines (1.71 MW output, 103-meter rotor diameter) for the project and will provide operations and maintenance services for the turbines under a long-term contract.