The social media giant has always taken bold steps towards the future, and according to a recent announcement, Facebook’s next data center will run exclusively on renewable energy.
This new data center will be built in Fort Worth and will involve an investment of approximately $500 million. Until now, the social networking giant has already established four similar facilities, however, the Fort Worth facility will be located on a 110-acre site and will incorporate special equipment from Facebook’s Open Compute project.
Facebook’s fifth data center, alongside the one in Altoona, Prineville, Forest City and Lulea, Sweden, will provide the social media giant with a much needed boost in computer capacity.
Expected to come online somewhere in 2016, this new data center will rely completely on renewable energy in the form of wind power. Even the cooling of the Fort Worth center will be ensured by outdoor air, thus reducing the energy needs of everyday air conditioners.
This energy will be coming from a nearby wind project that is currently under construction. The 200-megawatt Clay County facility will ensure that Facebook’s new data center will receive clean energy by next year.
Facebook has been working hard at reducing its energy needs. In fact, many infrastructure efficiency efforts have been put into reducing the carbon impact of each and every Facebook user on the planet. Over the past 3 years, the social media giant has managed to save over $2 billion. And the journey doesn’t end here.
By the end of 2018, Facebook hopes to rely on renewable energy for 50 percent of its total energy requirements. Jay Parikh, Facebook’s VP of engineering explains that:
“Facebook’s [committed] to powering its Texas data center with clean wind power. […] It is making steady progress toward its goal of using 100 percent renewable energy.”
But Facebook isn’t the only company to shift its focus on renewable energy. Google’s 14th data center will also run on clean energy such as solar and wind power.