In the case of such a large portal as Facebook, server rooms are an important point in the cost of running a business, because they consume enormous amounts of energy. Facebook wants to cut back on spending, and by the way, take care of the environment. The company has announced that by 2018, half of its server room will be powered by renewable energy.
Large portals have to process huge amounts of data, which requires the construction of gigantic server rooms that have to accommodate them. Facebook currently has four of them and has just started investing in the construction of its fifth server house, which will be built in Fort Worth, Texas, joining existing Altoona, Iowa; Prineville, Oregon; Forest City, North Carolina; And Lulea in Sweden.
The US company will invest at least $ 500 million in a 44.5 acre plot of land on which the server room will be built. In order to reduce operating costs, the machines operating in it will not be cooled by air conditioners, but by external air injected by fans.
In addition, it will be powered by its own wind farm, which will deliver approximately 200 MW of electricity, with surplus energy being sold by Texas. The new server room will be operational by the end of next year.