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Facebook is building a massive solar project in Texas

1 year 2 months 4 days ago Monday, June 10 2019 Jun 10, 2019 June 10, 2019 11:10 PM June 10, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Facebook is building a massive solar farm in West Texas that's believed to be one of the largest solar projects in the nation.

Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy recently announced it was partnering with the social media giant on the $416 million project.

It comes as Menlo Park, California-based Facebook is finishing construction of a data center near Albuquerque.

Longroad Energy says the Prospero Solar project just north of Odessa, Texas, has enough capacity to power an estimated 72,000 homes.

The project is Facebook's first direct investment in a renewable energy project.

Longroad says Shell Energy North America also signed a 12-year power purchase agreement for the solar farm's power.

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