Every time you upload a new selfie to Facebook, that photo is stored in a gigantic building called a data center. Data centers are often energy hogs, requiring quite a bit of juice to stay up and running. The internet as a whole accounts for about 10% of the energy used, making renewable energy for data centers ideal for websites, like Facebook, who care about the environment.
Facebook’s newest data center, to be built in Fort Worth, Texas, will be 100% wind powered thanks to 200 MW of wind capacity added to the Texas grid next year.
“Along with our Altoona, Prineville, Forest City and Lulea data centers, Fort Worth will be one of the cornerstones of the global infrastructure that brings Facebook apps and services to you every day and is helping bring billions more people online through Internet.org,” wrote Facebook in a release.
Facebook is also planning this data center to be an incredibly energy-efficient building. Instead of using air conditioners, they plan to filter in outside air to keep the building cool.
“Thanks to our continued focus on efficiency and our investments in renewables in recent years, the carbon impact of one person’s use of Facebook for an entire year is the same as the carbon impact of a medium latte.”
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