Facebook Urged by Greenpeace to Drop Coal for Renewable Ener
Written By: John Shimkus
Facebook has been putting a lot of effort into maximizing its data servers’ energy efficiency; however, the social network king is still reliant on coal for its energy needs. Greenpeace—the outspoken, yet commendable environmental justice organization—has put together a campaign to urge Facebook to seek renewable energy alternatives to coal.
Greenpeace has put together a campaign to try and gather Facebook comments on the coal to renewable energy switch. Greenpeace’s goal is to surpass 50,000 comments in a 24-hour period. If successful it will be a world record. The comments have already surpassed 45,000, and it looks like Greenpeace is going to hit its goal.
Greenpeace has outlined a plan for Facebook to make the switch from coal to renewable power.
The simple 5-step process is as follows:
1. Come clean: Disclosure of energy and carbon footprint
2. Infrastructure siting policy—make it a priority to place data centers where renewable energy is plentiful.
3. Increase the supply of clean energy through power purchase agreements or renewable energy credits; investing in clean energy programs directly; or generating their own clean energy on-site
4. Become clean energy advocates
5. Educate Facebook users about clean energy and how we can all sign up for using clean energy.
If Facebook were to follow these simple steps, it could not only change the face of the company, but the world. Let’s not forget that the popular social network has already helped topple several authoritarian governments in the Middle East and North Africa. Facebook is a powerful tool that is used by a large percentage of the global population. Promoting renewable energy could speed up renewable energy development as more people become conscious of their energy choices.
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Facebook isn’t all that bad though. In fact, the company has been making great strides toward energy efficiency. The website has put forth public statements, saying, "We started a project at Facebook a little over a year ago with a pretty big goal: to build one of the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest possible cost. We decided to honor our hacker roots and challenge convention by custom designing and building our software, servers and data centers from the ground up. The result is a data center full of vanity free servers which is 38% more efficient and 24% less expensive to build and run than other state-of-the-art data centers."
But Greenpeace has made its rebuttal, claiming, "If Facebook wants to be a truly green company, it needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The way to do that is decouple its growth from its emissions footprint by using clean, renewable energy to power its business instead of dirty coal and dangerous nuclear power."
Lightsource bp’s first Spanish project powers up in Zaragoza
Lightsource bp has powered up its 247MW flagship solar project Vendimia in Zaragoza, Spain.
Around 615,000 bifacial solar panels have been installed, over 650 hectares of land on multi-row tracker technology enabling the panels to follow the sun, maximising energy generation efficiency. In addition, two overhead transmission lines at 18km and 20km were constructed to efficiently deliver the solar power into the local network.
The five-project cluster was constructed safely during the COVID-19 pandemic and commercial operation recently began. The total power output will be supplied to bp’s European power trading team under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Fernando Roger, Country Head for Lightsource bp Spain, said the connection of its Vendimia project demonstrates the resilience of solar. "We had to face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but our team and trusted partners remained focussed, and now we have completed our first project in Spain. We would also like to extend a special thank you to all the landowners involved for their continued support on this project.
Felipe Arbelaez, senior vice president for zero carbon energy bp said: “It’s fantastic to see the safe start-up of this first project in Spain, and for Lightsource bp to achieve an impressive 3GW pipeline in just two years. Through disciplined investment and safe execution, we are delighted to see the next chapter of bp’s energy story in Spain come online. This project is also a great example of the power of bp’s integration capabilities as our expert power trading team will offtake the power generated, supporting the financial stability of the project and meeting bp’s strict returns threshold.”
The construction process was handled by Lightsource bp’s appointed contractor, Prodiel (an Andalusian engineering, procurement and construction company) and over 600 local jobs were created during that time. Prodiel will continue to maintain the solar cluster under an Operations & Maintenance agreement for the next two years.
At the opening ceremony, Carlos Barassa, head of country for bp Spain, said: "The Vendimia solar project that we are inaugurating today in Zaragoza is great example of the fulfillment of bp's ambition in its transition to an integrated energy company, and our contribution to building a low-carbon future."
bp will pay 7X Energy $220 million for the projects and 1GW of 'safe harbour' equipment and expects the acquisition to complete in 30 days. The projects, spread across 12 states - with the largest portfolios in Texas (ERCOT) and MidWest (PJM) - are expected to meet bp’s low carbon investment criteria, generating returns of at least 8-10%.