Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller.
Facebook is coming to Richmond, and bringing tons of solar energy with it, a development that could provide data centers across the state with improved access to renewable energy. The social networking giant will build a new data center campus near Richmond, Virginia, investing more than $1 billion in the project, the company said today. Facebook will spend $750 million to build a 970,000 square foot data center in the White Oak Technology Park in Sandston, as it continues to accelerate its massive investment in Internet infrastructure.
Facebook will also invest “hundreds of millions” of millions of additional dollars in the construction of multiple solar facilities in Virginia, which will provide the Henrico County Data Center with 100 percent renewable energy.
Significantly, the company has worked with Dominion Energy Virginia to create a renewable rate option that will allow large energy users like Facebook to provision energy from renewable sources.
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