Facebook becomes Apex Clean Energy’s largest corporate customer

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Apex Clean Energy announced that Lincoln Land Wind has signed a power purchase agreement with Facebook for approximately 170 MW of renewable power from the Illinois project.

Facebook is now Apex Clean Energy’s largest corporate customer by megawatt.

Lincoln Land Wind will help Facebook meet its goal of supporting its operations in the region with 100 percent renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent.

“In its early commitment to utilizing 100 percent renewable energy, and now its continuing work to fulfill that pledge, Facebook has led from the front of the pack,” Mark Goodwin, president and CEO of Apex Clean Energy, said.

The deal marks Apex’s third renewable transaction with Facebook in the past year. In 2019, Facebook signed a 61.6 MW PPA with Altavista Solar, Apex’s largest solar project to date, and a 200 MW PPA with Aviator Wind East, which will be part of the largest single-phase, single-site wind project in the United States when it begins commercial operations in the coming months.

The remaining 130 MW from Lincoln Land Wind will be sold to another corporate offtaker to be announced at a later date.

The project, located in Morgan County, Illinois, will generate approximately $65 million in local tax revenue, $90 million in payments to landowners, nearly 400 full-time local jobs during construction, and nine long-term local operations positions. Lincoln Land Wind is expected to begin operations in 2021.