Facebook to build $800m data centre powered by 100% renewables

The 907,000 square-foot facility will use 80% less water than an average data centre

Facebook has unveiled plans to build an $800 million (£644m) data centre in DeKalb, in Illinois, which will be powered by 100% renewable energy and create around 100 jobs.

With this project, the social media giant aims to create one of the most energy and water-efficient data centre facilities in the world.

It says the 907,000 square-foot data centre, Facebook’s 12th in the US and first in Illinois, will use 80% less water than an average data centre and once completed, will be LEED Gold certified - the Facebook site will have five buildings and two will be completed by 2022.

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