Facebook this week broke ground on its ninth data center worldwide – a 146-acre campus in Papillion, Nebraska, south of Omaha – and says it will be one of the most advanced and energy efficient in the world, according to the Omaha World Herald.
The campus will house two 450,000-square-foot buildings and a 70,000-square-foot administration building. The data center is expected to be online by 2020. To meet its demand for energy, the new Facebook data center will use 100% wind-generated electricity. A deal with the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) is helping the company reach its goal of using 50% clean and renewable energy in its electricity supply mix for all data centers.
The social media giant joins an existing network of data centers in the same region. Yahoo, Fidelity, Cabela’s and Travelers have all constructed data centers within Sarpy County, Nebraska, to form a type of tech ecosystem.
And even though Facebook’s new data center project is expected to be one of the most energy efficient in the world, OPPD’s President and CEO Tim Burke said it will still be among OPPD’s 25 largest customers, according to another report in the Omaha World Herald.
Seeking to transform the energy efficiency of global data centers, in April 2011 Facebook launched the Open Compute Project, an initiative to share the custom-engineered technology in its first dedicated data center in Prineville, Oregon.
Facebook, along with Microsoft, Google, Apple and Amazon, have chosen to remain steadfast in their clean energy initiatives, despite President Trump’s executive action regarding the Clean Power Plan. Just yesterday, Equinix, one of the world’s largest data center service providers, announced it will continue with its goal of powering its global data centers with renewable energy. The news at datacenterknowledge.com also says Iron Mountain, another data center provider, will not change current plans to power its facilities with renewable energy.