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Facebook to run data center with power from First Solar project

(Bloomberg) --Facebook Inc. has agreed to power its Eagle Mountain Data Center in Utah with electricity from a solar farm being developed by First Solar Inc.

The 122-megawatt Cove Mountain 2 project will be built in Iron County, Utah, and is expected to open in 2020, First Solar said in a statement Thursday. Facebook will buy the power through an agreement with PacifiCorp, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

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Lights illuminate control buttons on rack server devices in the Sberbank PJSC data processing center (DPC) at the Skolkovo Innovation Center, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. Sberbank PJSC, Russia’s most valuable company, will boost its dividend payout to 50 percent of profit or higher, just not as quickly as some investors had hoped. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomber

Facebook already agreed to buy power from First Solar’s 58-megawatt Cove Mountain power plant. Cove Mountain 2 is expected to generate enough electricity to power about 36,000 homes, First Solar said.

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