Facebook solar plant turns on in Georgia
Energy - DECEMBER 16, 2019

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Facebook solar plant turns on in Georgia

by Andrea Zander

Facebook’s first solar project in the state of Georgia is now operational in Early County.

Silicon Ranch Corp.’s 102.5-megawatt plant was developed as part of an agreement with local utility Walton Electric Membership Corp.

As part of its agreement to supply 100 percent renewable energy for the Newton Data Center, Walton EMC announced a contract in December 2018 with Silicon Ranch, the U.S. solar platform for Shell and one of the nation’s largest independent solar power producers.

The resulting solar project has yielded tangible economic benefits across the state. To support Facebook’s data center and corresponding investments in Newton County, Silicon Ranch employed more than 675 people in Early County over the past 10 months to assemble and install single-axis trackers that utilize NEXTracker’s TrueCapture smart control system, enabling more than 350,000 solar modules to track the sun from east to west across more than 1,200 acres. The locally-source

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