Facebook says: We’re thrilled to announce that our next data center will be built in the village of Los Lunas, New Mexico! We’ll break ground on the project in October, and will work as quickly as possible to add it to our Prineville, Forest City, Luleå, Altoona, Fort Worth, and Clonee facilities as one of the cornerstones of our global infrastructure. Our Los Lunas data center will play a role in bringing our family of apps and services to people around the world — ultimately making the world more open and connected.
The process for finding a location for a new data center takes years, and it’s an important one because these communities become our homes. In our search, we look for great partnerships with the local community, a strong pool of local talent for construction and long-term operations staff, and access to clean and renewable energy. We found all of this in Los Lunas, and we’re excited to join the community there.
Our Los Lunas facility will be one of the most advanced, energy-efficient data centers in the world. It will feature the latest in our Open Compute Project hardware designs, and it will be cooled using indirect evaporative cooling systems that emphasize efficiency, while protecting our servers from the frequent dust storms that occur in New Mexico.
The data center will also be powered by 100% clean and renewable energy, thanks to the new solar and wind energy that we’re working with PNM Resources to bring to the New Mexico grid. By powering our data center with renewable energy versus natural gas, we also reduce the water usage associated with the data center by 30 percent. The new solar and wind farms also bring additional jobs and investments to the region.
The Los Lunas Data Center will support thousands of new construction jobs, dozens of long-term operations jobs, and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments to New Mexico. You can read more about the impact our data center investments have had so far in Oregon, North Carolina, and Sweden. For us though, our project goes beyond just economic impact—we want to do what we can to help the village of Los Lunas and the state of New Mexico continue to thrive.
Thank you to those of you who have helped us get to this point. We’re excited to be here!