Facebook Doubles Renewable-Energy Target to 50% by End of 2018

Facebook Inc. set a goal of running half its operations with clean energy by the end of 2018, and eventually expects to reach 100 percent.

Facebook is also planning to build a data center in Fort Worth, Texas, that will run solely on renewable energy, the Menlo Park, California-based company said on its website Tuesday.

A growing number of technology companies are turning to clean energy to run data centers and other sites that consume significant amounts of power. Google Inc. gets 35 percent of its power from renewable sources, as do all of Apple Inc.’s data centers, according to their websites.

“In 2012 we set a goal for ourselves to reach 25 percent renewables in our data center mix by the end of this year,” Facebook Vice President of Engineering Jay Parikh said on his Facebook page. “Over the long term, we plan to get to 100 percent. We’ve set our next short-term goal to be 50 percent by the end of 2018.”

Facebook’s Fort Worth site will be its fifth data center, and will run on energy from a 200-megawatt wind farm that’s less than 100 miles (161 kilometers) away.

Facebook’s new goal “demonstrates the kind of transparency needed to show that it is making steady progress toward its goal of using 100% renewable energy,” David Pomerantz, a senior climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace, said in an e-mailed statement.

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