Facebook says the company worked with OPPD and Tradewind Energy to partner on a large new wind farm, known as the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project. The project is located in Dixon County, Nebraska, about 100 miles from the data center. It’s expected to create up to 300 additional construction jobs. Read more here.
Tradewind Energy Photo: The Facebook Data Center in Papillion will be powered 100% by renewable energy, with 200MW sourced from the 320MW Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project.
- More than 100 landowners and over 32,000 acres will be involved in the project. The project will take a minimal amount of acreage (1% to 2%) out of service, including land for roads, turbine foundations, and maintenance buildings.
- The project’s construction and operation will utilize a considerable amount of local materials and labor providing both short term and long term economic benefits.
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- OPPD partner Facebook announces wind project, OPPD The Wire
- Facebook will buy renewable energy from northeast Nebraska wind development, breathing new life into dormant project, Omaha World-Herald
Construction is expected to start by the end of this year and the project will be generating electricity in fourth-quarter 2018.