Facebook’s new data center to be built in Papillion
Spanning over 140 acres (970,000 square feet), Facebook is set to build its ninth data center, which will be one of the most sustainable ones yet. The company has data centers in North Carolina, Oregon, Forest City, Lulea, Altoona and Prineville, and are now building new data centers in New Mexico, Fort Worth, Texas, Los Lunas, Clonee, Odense, Ireland and Denmark.
“We’re building our ninth data center in Papillion, Neb. It will be powered by 100 percent clean and renewable energy and will create thousands of jobs in the community over the next few years.
To grow the market for the clean energy we need, we worked with the Omaha Public Power District to create a new renewable energy tariff that will now be available to all companies.”
“Advanced data centers like this are basically giant machines that make up the technical infrastructure for our community. It takes a lot of computing power to support our community, so we’re going to keep building new data centers around the world.”
Over a thousand local construction roles will be created when construction is underway, where the data center will encompass two buildings near Highway 50, with an underground tunnel built under the highway to link the two new sites. Once complete, the data center will employ around 100 workers.
Mayor David Black has said to Nebraska Radio Network: “There will be hundreds of construction jobs that will be created out of this that will have direct local impact. Those are putting people to work. Highway 50 and Highway 370 is really important now for manufacturing, industrial and headquarter industries. That is jobs and industries critical to the entire state.”
Operating 24-7, all year round, the data center will be powered through wind farms which will generate sufficient energy, alongside the support of Omaha Public Power District.
Construction work will take around 18 months, so the company aim to move fast, with the aim to be online by 2020.
Read the April 2017 issue of Construction Global here
Sonnedix starts construction of 50MW solar plant in Spain
Sonnedix has started building a 50MW solar PV plant in Badajoz, Spain.
Sonnedix Los Frailes will be built on a 111-hectares, becoming the largest project built by the IPP in the country, where it has operated since 2010. With over 110,000 monocrystaline solar panels, the project will connect through a transmission line to the Vaguadas substation.
During construction, Sonnedix will create approximately 250 new jobs in Badajoz, in line with its ESG standards and commitment to improving the life of the local community.
Once operational, Sonnedix Los Frailes, which is being developed in collaboration with Viridi RE group, will produce approximately 102,000 MWh per year, capable of powering more than 36,500 homes with clean electricity and avoiding over 24,000 tons of CO2.
Axel Thiemann, CEO of Sonnedix, said: “We are excited to start the construction of our largest project to date in Spain, a milestone that highlights both our strong commitment to the Spanish market, and our potential to expand our platform worldwide. We are very proud of our hard-working and committed team in Spain, which has doubled in the last year, and we look forward to continue developing and acquiring solar PV projects in the country, playing an important role in the energy transition, as well as the post-pandemic economic recovery.”
Last June 2020, Sonnedix signed a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Europe´s largest producer of renewable energy and leading PPA provider Statkraft for the supply of 100 GWh of energy per year, making it the IPP’s first PPA for a grid-parity project in Spain.
Sonnedix is one of the leading solar IPPs in Spain, with over 1GW of capacity, including 365MW operational, 50MW under construction, and a development pipeline of over 600MW. Currently it has almost 2GW under operation or construction across eight countries, plus more than 2GW in the pipeline.
According to SolarPower Europe, Spain is expected to have a total installed solar PV capacity of 29GW by 2024 in the medium scenario, making it the second largest solar market in Europe. Renewables produced 50.7% of Spain’s electricity in May, generating 10% more gigawatt-hours year-on-year.
The Spanish National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) targets 74% of renewable electricity generation and 39.2 GW of PV capacity by 2030.