Last week, Apex Clean Energy announced that it has executed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Facebook for 170 MW of renewable power from its 300-MW Lincoln Land Wind, located in Morgan County, Illinois. Facebook is now Apex’s largest corporate customer by megawatt.
This project will help Facebook meet its goal of supporting operations in the region with 100% renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 75%.
The deal marks Apex’s third renewable transaction with Facebook in the past year. In 2019, Facebook signed a PPA for 61.6 MW of Apex solar project Altavista Solar, and a 200-MW PPA with for power form Aviator Wind East, which will be part of the largest single-phase, single-site wind project in the United States when it begins commercial operations. The PPA with Lincoln Land Wind will help support the tech company’s operations in the region.
The remaining 130 MW from Lincoln Land Wind will be sold to another corporate off-taker.
Apex said that Lincoln Land Wind will generate $65 million in local tax revenue, $90 million in payments to landowners, nearly 400 full-time local jobs during construction, and nine long-term local operations positions, the company states.
Lincoln Land Wind is expected to begin operations in 2021.
Urvi Parekh, Head of Renewable Energy at Facebook, said, “At Facebook, we are committed to not only supporting our operations with 100% renewable energy, but to helping accelerate the transition to renewable energy. With our recent announcement of our new data center in DeKalb, we are excited to bring renewable energy to Illinois.”