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Facebook to Build 100% Renewable, 970,000 Sq Ft Data Center near Atlanta

Mar 8, 2018
by Josh Anderson

ATLANTA, GA — Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has announced that Facebook will invest $750 Million USD over the next five years to constructor a massive, 1,000,000 square feet data center about 45 miles east of Atlanta in Newton County — its 9th data center overall. The data center, which will consist of two buildings, will create over 100 full-time jobs and be fully operational sometime in 2020. The data center will also be powered with 100% renewable energy by Walton EMC.

Facebook has announced that the data center campus will be constructed over four phases, and they will also invest an additional $2.5 billion USD in improvements and equipment through 2029. When considering total costs for initial construction, additional improvements, as well as land acquisition expenses and hiring costs, Facebook could spend as much as $45 Billion USD over 20 years.

“Our Newton Data Center will be part of the valuable infrastructure that helps bring Facebook apps and services to 2+ billion people across the globe,” said Facebook in a press release. “These buildings, and the hardware inside of them, support our mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. This data center will help us continue to provide a good experience for people around the world, especially as the number of photos and videos being shared grows and as we create more immersive experiences through live video, 360 photos and videos, and virtual reality.”

“Georgia’s business-friendly climate and world-class technological infrastructure continue to attract innovative companies like Facebook,” said Gov. Deal. “It is fitting that the No. 1 company in the world in terms of active users has chosen the No. 1 state for business for this project. We appreciate Facebook’s leadership for recognizing Georgia as a state that serves not only as a major hub for general business but also as a place where tech firms can be successful in the future. This project represents a significant investment and will create meaningful opportunities for the surrounding community. We welcome Facebook to Georgia and look forward to the growth of this partnership.”

“As a company, Facebook is committed to creating positive impact at the local level – that means hiring, partnering and investing locally,” added Rachel Peterson, Facebook’s Vice-President of Data Center Strategy. “We are thrilled to be making Georgia our new home and look forward to a long and strong partnership with the state, Newton County, and our new community.”

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