Why Facebook collaborates in pursuit of 100 percent renewables

It's no secret that tech companies need lots of power to operate. More and more of those companies are looking to renewables to keep their severs and air conditioners running. Menlo Park-based Facebook is one of those companies looking for sustainable energy.

"We need to find a way in all our operationsin our big data centers as well as our offices and so onto buy renewable energy," said Facebook's director of energy Bill Weihl. At GreenBiz Forum 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona, Weihl talked to GreenBiz's Heather Clancy about what Facebook is doing to acquire more renewable power and to make sure other companies can do the same.

Facebook, Weihl said, had set a long term goal of drawing 100 percent renewable power across all of their operations. The company set a  goal of 25 percent renewables by 2015.

"In 2013the last year we released information aboutwe were at about 14 percent," Weihl said. "I think we'll hit the 25 percent target."

Weihl went on to say Facebook isn't the only company aggressively going after renewables.

"I think things have really accelerated in the last year or two," he said. "More companies are setting goals. More are seeing it's important both for their reputation and for the planet, but also financially."

With demand for renewable energy rising, Weihl said that collaboration with other companies can increase availability of clean power.

"We've been working together with close to 30 other companies and several non-profit organizations to approach utilities, to approach regulators, and to approach legislators and governors," Weihl said. "And [we] talk to them about what we want in renewables, and what policies we need to make that happen."

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