Facebook Going Solar

American corporations are continuing to make their operations greener around the world. Retail giant, Walmart has committed to achieving zero waste in their global operations by 2025. American retailer, Target has committed to source 100% of its electricity from renewable energy. Transportation companies like the Southern Company have slashed their greenhouse gas emissions by moving to hybrid and electric vehicles. Technology giants Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft are investing heavily in renewable energy projects around the world.

Social networking service company, Facebook has announced it is building a massive solar park in West Texas. Longroad Energy will build the 379 MW capacity Prospero Solar project, which is located near the town of Odessa, Texas. The solar park will provide power for Facebook’s data center near Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Prospero Solar project is estimated to cost $416 million to complete. The solar park will have a total area of seven square miles, five times the size of Central Park in New York City, New York. The Prospero Solar project is forecast to begin operation before end of year 2020.

Facebook, headquartered in Menlo Park, California is an online social media and social networking service company. The company has committed to use 100% renewable energy in all their data centers and offices by 2020. Longroad Energy, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts develops wind and solar projects in North America.

Candidates in the upcoming 2020 elections are looking for topics to “set themselves apart.” Unfortunately, a common campaign technique has been to attack the private sector. Some candidates are now shouting Socialist dogma, as they demonize Capitalism and successful companies like Landmark.

In my opinion, American industry had done far more to make their businesses greener than the states from which the proponents of Socialism reside. American industry and our government should be collaborating to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop reliable, sustainable, cost effective, renewable energy. Let’s stop the hate filled, polarizing rhetoric.


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