Facebook announced June 2 plans for an Iowa data center in Altoona. The facility, which is expected to open in 2016, will be partly wind-powered, as Facebook has signed a contract with a nearby wind farm for 140 megawatts of power.
"The new building in Altoona will be the first 'third' building on any data center site in our network," said Brice Towns, site manager of the Altoona data center. "We are on track to start serving traffic in the second building later this year. Like the existing Altoona data center campus, the third building will be powered by renewable energy from the Wellsburg wind farm, as tracked by renewable energy certificates."
The agreement with the Wellsburg wind farm will give Facebook enough power to cover all three of its Iowa data centers.
This will be the social media giant's third Iowa data center in Altoona. The first came online in November 2014, and the second is still under construction. The company has two other campuses with multiple facilities, including Prineville, Oregon data centers and Forest City, North Carolina data centers.
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