Facebook partners with CleanMax to support renewable energy projects

Facebook partners with CleanMax to support renewable energy projects
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15 Apr, 2021

Social media major Facebook on Thursday announced a partnership with Mumbai based B2B solar and wind power company CleanMax to support sustainability projects in India.  

The companies are assembling a portfolio of wind and solar projects that supply renewable power to India’s electrical grid, in states where Facebook facilities are also present, a statement said.  

Globally, Facebook has already achieved its 100% renewable energy goal and net zero emissions, the company said. 

Facebook and CleanMax’s first joint project is a 2 MW wind project located in Karnataka. While CleanMax will own and operate the projects, Facebook will provide long-term support by committing to purchase 100% of the environmental attribute certificates (EACs) from the projects for years to come. 

“We’re honoured to be working with Facebook in their journey towards sustainability in India. We have always strived to develop innovative solutions to help our clients achieve their 100% renewable ambitions. Given the constraints in sourcing power to many facilities, we are working with forward-thinking corporations like Facebook to find creative solutions to these problems,” Andrew Hines, co-founder and chief commercial officer,  CleanMax, said in a statement.  

About half of the project capacity has recently been commissioned and is already generating power, the statement said. 

“We’re excited to announce this important step that is helping us support our operations in the region, including our offices in India, with 100% renewable energy. This partnership with CleanMax will enable new solar and wind power to be generated in the near future, contributing to the decarbonization of the Indian electrical grid. Facebook is committed to upholding the highest standards in environmental sustainability across all aspects of our operations,’ Urvi Parekh, head of renewable energy at Facebook, said.