Facebook has signed a deal to buy renewable energy in India from a local firm’s wind power project, this is the social media giant’s first such deal in the South Asian nation. Facebook also said that as of 2020, the company’s global operations were supported wholly by renewable energy and that it has reached net-zero emissions. The 32 megawatt wind power project, located in southern Karnataka state, is part of a larger portfolio of wind and solar projects that Facebook and Mumbai-based CleanMax are working on together to supply renewable power into India’s electrical grid. CleanMax will own and operate the projects, while Facebook will buy the power off the grid using environmental attribute certificates, or carbon credits.
Data centres driving tech companies like Facebook use up as much as 1% of the world’s total energy, the International Energy Agency said last year. Tech companies like Amazon, Alphabet Inc and Microsoft have pledged to operate carbon-free and achieve net-zero emissions, as demand for data and digital services is expected to see a sustained rise.