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Facebook's Data-Center Landlord Strikes Deal to Add Solar Power

  • Data-center operator buying about 80 megawatts of solar power
  • Facebook to get all of project’s renewable-energy certificates
Operations Inside The Facebook Data Center

Photographer: Meg Roussos/Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. is boosting its clean-energy efforts with a deal to help run a Virginia data center where it leases space with solar power.

Digital Realty Trust Inc., which operates the facility, agreed to buy about 80 megawatts of solar capacity from a project that SunEnergy1 expects to complete in North Carolina later this year. The social-media giant will get all of the associated renewable-energy certificates from the project, according to a statement Thursday from Digital Realty.