The very popular social media platform Facebook has bought the entire output from the 294 MW Bjerkreim clusters of Norwegian wind farms to supply its new data centres in Denmark and Sweden. The 15-year old power purchase agreements between the social media giant and asset manager Luxcara would see delivery of over 1 TWh per year of electricity from the yet-to-be-built wind projects. The $470m Bjerkreim cluster wind farms at Gravdal, Skinansfjellet and Eikeland-Steinsland are located in the southwest part of Norway near Stavanger.
Platts has presented reports which states that the wind farms are to be financed, built and operated by the Hamburg- based Luxcara, with commercial operation to start from the year 2019. A total of 70 Siemens Gamesa 4.2 MW turbines are to be installed across the three sites. "Facebook's PPAs will provide the long-term financial certainty needed for the projects," Luxcara said.
Again, the Swedish utility firm Vattenfall has been contracted by Facebook to integrate and balance the wind power in the Nordic grid, which would ensure that Facebook's new data centers in Odense, Denmark and Lulea, Sweden are powered 100% by renewable energy. This is a significant move by the social media platform in switching over to the green energy resources. The expansion in the data centers is set to increase the demand up across the Nordic countries, with the Danish power demand alone to be forecasted to rise by almost 35 % between 2017 and 2030 in because of the digital hubs.