Facebook Fifth Data Center to be Powered by Wind Energy

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Facebook has 4 data centers located in Prinvelle, Ore.; Altoona, Iowa; Lulea, Sweden and Forest City, NC which focus efficiency and sustainability. Now, Facebook fifth data center to be powered by wind energy and will be located in Fort Worth, Texas. Facebook said that this data center will be 100% powered by clean energy.

Tom Furlong, Facebook’s Infrastructure VP said in a statement “Thanks to our continued focus on efficiency and our investments in renewables in recent years, the impact of one person’s use of Facebook for an entire year is the same as the carbon impact of a medium latte.”

Some details about Facebook fifth data center:

Facebook is working with local energy companies to bring 200 Megawatts of wind power to the Texas grid, which is nearly half the power of a typical coal plant. The wind farm will be situated 90 miles from the Facebook fifth data center on a 17,000-acre site in Clay County, Texas. Construction cost for the project is expected to be around $1 billion. Facebook said that power savings from previous data centers have saved the company $2 billion over the past three years.

Facebook fifth data center at Fort Worth will incorporate Facebook’s Open Compute Project hardware designs, including the six-pack switches, Wedge and Yosemite compute server. The data center will create about 40 full time Facebook jobs.

Facebook fifth data center to be powered by wind energy is the latest example of an Internet company to adopt clean energy to run its services. Other tech companies has also invested in clean energy including Google, which has nearly spent $2 billion in clean energy projects over the past few years. Apple has also invested in solar energy for its data centers in Nevada, California and North Carolina.

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