Facebook announced this past week that their data center in Altoona, Iowa will be 100% powered by the wind when it opens in 2015. This will be Facebook’s second data center to run entirely on renewable power the one in Lulea, Sweden opened.
The electricity for this data center will come from a wind project in Wellsburg, Iowa. The wind project and data center are both currently under construction. The wind project will be operated by MidAmerican Energy.
“When we settled on Altoona as the location for our fourth data center, one of the deciding factors was the opportunity to help develop a new wind project in the state. The project brings additional investment and jobs to the region, and in effect it makes it possible, on an annualized basis, for 100% of our energy needs to be met entirely with one of Iowa?s most abundant renewable resources. We are committed to reaching 25% clean and renewable energy in our global data center mix in 2015, and we will continue to work with utilities and other partners on supply options for our other data centers,” said Facebook in a blog post.