Facebook Triples Planned New Mexico Data Center Size

Facebook data center Los Lunas New Mexico
Facebook’s Los Lunas Data Center under construction in fall 2017. Credit: Facebook

Facebook announced the addition of four new buildings totaling nearly 2 million square feet for a data center currently under construction in Los Lunas, New Mexico. The additions will triple the facility’s size.

Like its other data centers, this one will be powered by 100% renewable energy, the company says. A 30-MW solar generation project built by Albuquerque-based Affordable Solar using tracking equipment from another local company, Array Technologies, will provide energy for the facility.

With the inclusion of the four new buildings, Facebook’s direct investment in the site tops $1 billion, the company’s head of data center operations for the west region KC Timmons wrote in a public post on Tuesday.

“The Los Lunas Data Center is on target to be one of the most advanced and energy-efficient data center facilities in the world,” Timmons wrote.

A little over a year ago, Facebook first broke ground on the data center with an initial phase that was expected to cost $250 million. The company picked New Mexico over Utah for the site location.

According to Facebook, the Los Lunas Data Center was originally expected to come online later next year. Now, with the enormous expansion, construction is likely to continue through 2023. Other Facebook data centers have been announced for New Albany, Ohio, as well as Henrico County, Virginia and Papillion, Nebraska.

In order to help reach its renewable energy goals, Facebook is working with local utilities to design and implement renewable energy tariffs that are available to other businesses. The tariff in New Mexico is called “Green Energy Rider.”

“This new tariff will allow Facebook to secure 100% renewable energy in collaboration with PNM, creating a new opportunity for developing hundreds of megawatts of renewables in state. The tariff is also available to other large customers. The energy for our Los Lunas data center will come from new wind and solar farms,” the company wrote in a post earlier this year.

Vendors mentioned above:

  • Affordable Solar
  • Array Technologies
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