New wind park of 200 MW to power Facebook's latest US data centre
The Fort Worth data centre. Source: Facebook Inc. License: All rights reserved
Social media behemoth Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) said on Tuesday it has initiated construction of a data centre in Fort Worth, Texas that will be fully powered by a new 200-MW wind farm.
The renewable energy facility is currently being built in Clay County, just 90 miles (144.8 km) from the site of the new data centre. Ken Patchett, Director of Data Center Operations for the West Region, said in a Facebook post that the company has worked with Citigroup Energy, Alterra Power Corp (CVE:AXY) and Starwood Energy Group to bring the said wind power capacity to the Texas grid.
Facebook expects the wind park to start feeding electricity into the grid by 2016.
According to Patchett, a facility with a capacity of 200 MW would generate more power than the company would need for the foreseeable future.
At the same time, Facebook calculates that the construction of the data centre will require a total investment of up to USD 1 billion (EUR 907m), the Dallas Business Journal said, citing a company spokesperson.