Meta signs deal with Avangrid for solar power in Texas

Published on March 22, 2023 by Dave Kovaleski

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Avangrid recently announced the signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with technology company Meta for renewable solar energy.

The energy will come from True North, a 240 MW solar farm under development in Falls County, Texas. It is Avangrid’s solar facility in the state, but it already operates more than 1,250 MW of wind facilities in Texas.
“We are proud to sign this agreement with a partner like Meta who, like us at Avangrid, has a strong commitment to accelerating the energy transition in the U.S.,” Pedro Azagra, Avangrid’s CEO, said. “With projects like True North, we continue our mission of helping the country meet its ambitious clean energy goals while also creating quality jobs and strengthening our local economies.”

True North will deliver 240 MW of solar energy once it reaches commercial operations in early 2025. True North will create over 200 local jobs during its construction and operation and generate over $40 million in property taxes over 25 years.

“We’re excited to expand our partnership with AVANGRID to help bring new solar energy to support our local operations in Texas,” said Urvi Parekh, head of renewable energy at Meta. “True North will support our commitment to 100% renewable energy and represents additional investment and jobs for the region.”

The True North project will support Meta’s upcoming data center in neighboring Temple, Texas. Since 2020, Meta’s global operations have been supported by 100 percent renewable energy.

With more than 8.6 GW of installed renewable capacity, including 1.1 GW of solar projects operating and under construction, Avangrid is the third largest renewable energy operator in the U.S. It has more than 25 GW of clean energy under development, including solar, onshore wind, offshore wind, and battery energy storage.