- Facebook Brings Solar to Oregon
Earlier this year, Facebook announced that its Prineville data center will be run 100% on renewable energy from solar development. The collaboration between Facebook, Oregon officials, and Pacific Power will help fuel Prineville’s data center while fulfilling Facebook’s long-term sustainability goals. It will also support the city’s economic growth and create 437-megawatts (MW) of new solar developments in Oregon.
In 2017, SunPower completed the Gala Solar Power Plant, a 56-MW facility in Prineville Oregon. This plant produces enough electricity to power 14,000 homes according to the Solar Foundation.
There are nearly 4,000 people employed in the solar industry in Oregon with a majority of these opportunities located in Portland.
The state creates enough solar energy to power 42 K-12 schools.