Meta teams with SRP and Ørsted for clean energy in Arizona data centre
Wed 20 Dec 2023
Meta has partnered with Salt River Project (SRP) and Ørsted, a clean energy provider in the US, to support its Mesa data centre based in Arizona with new solar energy.
This collaboration involves Meta receiving the majority of the solar energy generated by Ørsted’s Eleven Mile Solar Center, a significant 300MW solar farm and 300MW battery energy storage system, under construction in Pinal County, Arizona.
Slated to be operational in 2024, the Eleven Mile Solar Center will be the largest solar-plus-battery project on SRP’s grid and one of the largest single-phase battery energy storage systems in the US.
The excess solar and stored energy not used by Meta’s data centre will be available to SRP’s customers.
Urvi Parekh, Meta’s Head of Renewable Energy, said: “Access to renewable energy and a strong, reliable grid were an important part of our decision to build in Mesa.”
Parekh also noted Meta’s commitment to positive local community impact and the excitement around bringing additional investment and jobs to the area.
Bobby Olsen, Chief Planning, Strategy and Sustainability Executive at SRP, said: “As SRP focuses on responsibly decarbonising our generation mix, we will need to more than double our power resource capacity by 2035. Strategic partnerships with customers like Meta and renewable energy developers like Ørsted help us get there.”
In addition to the Eleven Mile Solar Center, Meta will also receive allocations from the 100MW West Line Solar Facility and the 200MW Brittlebush Solar Facility to further support its renewable energy and net zero goals.
James Giamarino, Chief Commercial Officer, Americas at Ørsted, said: “Ørsted is proud to help meet the growing demand for renewable energy in Arizona, provide grid flexibility to SRP through one of the largest battery energy storage systems in the US, and partner with innovative companies that share our vision for a clean energy future.”
The Eleven Mile Solar Center project, spanning over 2,000 acres, is estimated to generate £70.3 million ($89 million) in tax revenue over its lifetime, benefiting local school districts, the cities of Coolidge and Eloy, and Pinal County.
The project has also created over 300 construction jobs and is part of Ørsted’s extensive renewable energy portfolio in the U.S.
This initiative aligns with SRP’s Integrated System Plan to add 7,000MW of new renewable resources by 2035, including 6,000MW of large-scale solar resources. This expansion is set to triple SRP’s current solar portfolio and significantly contribute to sustainable energy development in the region.