FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:Facebook and Pacific Power said Wednesday they are teaming up to construct solar projects that will produce enough power to offset what the social media giant consumes at its data centers in Prineville, Oregon.The solar projects—two near Prineville and four in Utah—will generate 437 megawatts of power when completed by the end of 2020.Data centers use large amounts of energy to run and cool the computers inside. The solar power for Facebook’s Prineville campus is roughly equivalent to the energy use of 100,000 Northwest homes. The company declined to say how much it will cost to build the solar projects or how the cost of the clean energy will compare to what it pays now, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.The companies along with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the deal at an event in Prineville. “This partnership bolsters Prineville’s 21st century model for a small town,” Brown said. “With projects like these, we continue to demonstrate that Oregon is ready for the clean energy economy of the future.”Facebook, drawn by tax breaks, has three data centers in the Central Oregon community and is adding two more.More: Facebook goes solar to power Oregon data centers Facebook plans 437 MW of solar to power Oregon data centers
Two organizations the women have helped are Mercy House and Danielle House, non-profits that hit close to home. Instead of collecting money for supplies, the women took any contributions and are donating them to local non-profits. They’ve also donated to the Broome County Humane Society, Tioga County Rural Ministry, and the Girl-Up club at Union Endicott High School. Three local women are doing that, while also supporting local non-profits. “Of course people wanted to pay for them and we didn’t want to make any money on the pandemic,” said Howell. “It’s just wonderful to be able to help people. That’s just how we were raised, you help each other and you work for your community and your families, so we’re very, very proud,” said Howell. “Right now, it’s hard for people even to give donations. A lot of people are out of work, so it’s hard,” said Howell. (WBNG) — Many people around the Southern Tier have stepped in to make masks, donating them to emergency crews and other front line workers. “We’re real pleased to be able to help people avoid catching this terrible virus and to be able to give back to the organizations that we’ve chosen,” said Howell. “We just lost a brother a year ago in March to cancer. I know that they do a lot of work with people at the end of their lives and they’re so giving,” said Howell. So far, they have raised at least $2,500, helping five organizations with $500 each. They first made them to donate to the Union Volunteer Emergency Squad, but since then, their efforts have grew, reaching more people. They hope to continue to help organizations who are facing harsh realities during this time. Kathleen Howell, her sister Carolyn Ross, and Carolyn’s daughter Mary Howland started making masks back in March. If you’re interested in getting a mask, or making a donation, you can contact Mary Howland by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.