Facebook Opens Los Lunas Data Center
by Josh Anderson
LOS LUNAS, NM – Facebook’s $1 Billion USD data center in Los Lunas, New Mexico is officially open. One out of six buildings (and two of the 22 data halls) are open, while the rest remain under construction or in development. Facebook projects that the remaining five buildings will be open by 2024. Over 150 employees have begun working new positions as well.
“In 2016, we broke ground and began constructing Facebook’s Los Lunas Data Center,” wrote Facebook in a post on their own social network. “Today, we are thrilled to announce it has begun serving traffic and is now an important part of our global network of hyper-efficient data centers. These buildings, and the hardware inside them, will help people stay connected with friends and family, discover what’s going on in the world, and share and express what matters to them.”
According to the post, the construction thus far accounts for 128,000 cubic yards of concrete, 14,600 tons of steel and 4,572 miles worth of wire. Facebook will also reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent by 2020.
“Right here in New Mexico, we have also been working on implementing industry-leading sustainable practices that minimize the impact of our energy, emissions and water usage. For example, we were proud to work with the Public Service Company of New Mexico and leading developers to bolster New Mexico’s renewable energy market,” the post continued. “In fact, the American Wind Energy Association recognized the impact of our commitment to renewable energy in helping states like New Mexico harness more of their wind energy resources. The wind farms developed to support Facebook’s Los Lunas Data Center contributed to New Mexico adding wind power at a faster rate than any other state in 2017. As of today, we have signed commitments that will add more than 396 megawatts of new wind and solar resources to the New Mexico electric grid. We anticipate these eight projects will result in an investment of over $800 million and 1,300 jobs throughout the state.”
Facebook’s data centers are 80 percent more water-efficient than the average facility. Facebook partnered with the local Los Lunas community to restore both wetlands and stream to the Comanche Creek area of Northern New Mexico. According to Facebook, this effort will increase both water quantity and quality, as well as result in enhanced habitats and improved foraging for both wildlife and livestock.
“When we selected Los Lunas, we committed to creating a positive impact in the community and investing in the long-term vitality of Valencia County and its residents,” concluded the statement. “In a couple of weeks, we will award our first Community Action Grants for projects and organizations based in the county. These grants aim to support organizations and initiatives that help to connect the community and increase digital skills. We are thrilled to have made New Mexico, and specifically Los Lunas, our new home. We appreciate the help and support of our partners in the community and look forward to continuing our strong partnership!”