Wind project to provide power for Facebook, McDonald's - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Wind  -  July 31, 2020

Texas wind project to generate power for Facebook, McDonald's

A 525 MW wind project in Texas that will supply Facebook and McDonald’s with clean energy was purchased by CMS Enterprises and will begin operations this fall.

The Aviator Wind project will be located in Coke County, Texas, and 200 MW of its output will be supplied to Facebook in pursuit of their goal to source 100% of their operational energy from renewables this year. McDonald’s will be the other large offtaker of the energy generated by the wind project.

"Through this project, we're able to significantly generate progress toward our Climate Action Target to reduce emissions related to McDonald's restaurants and offices by 36% by 2030," Emma Cox, sustainability manager for McDonald's, said in a statement. "Now more than ever we're thrilled to see the positive impact this project will have on the community and planet."

CMS Enterprises purchased the majority stake in the project and will operate the Aviator Wind development. The project was constructed and managed by Ares Management Corporation’s Infrastructure and Power.

"This project will be an important part of helping us successfully reach our targets, and we are proud to be bringing 200 megawatts of new wind energy online," said Urvi Parekh, renewable energy manager at Facebook.

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