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Facebook Opens Wind-Powered Data Center in Iowa

November 18, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

facebookFacebook’s new data center in Altoona, Iowa, is officially online and serving live traffic. This is Facebook’s fourth data center, joining its Prineville, Forest City and Lulea data centers.

Facebook’s Altoona data center is cooled by 100 percent outside air. In addition, Altoona is powered by 100 percent renewable energy as tracked by renewable energy certificates (RECs). Facebook worked with wind project developer MidAmerican Energy to establish a wind farm in nearby Wellsburg, Iowa. The farm adds 140 MW of new renewable energy to the grid in Iowa – more than the data center will require for the foreseeable future.

Google also has a contract with MidAmerican Energy, which supplies its Council Bluffs, Iowa, data center with up to 407 MW of wind energy, as tracked by renewable energy certificates.

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