Facebook to start building $100 million data center in Utah

Facebook for SMESocial media company Facebook will start building its 970,000 square foot data center with an investment of $100 million at Eagle Mountain, Utah.

Facebook’s investment includes a new electrical substation that will bring 1000 megawatts of new power delivery capacity to the region.

Renewable energy through utilization of Rocky Mountain Power’s renewable energy tariffs will be powering the data center. Facebook will purchase its own water rights and construct the required water infrastructure.

“We selected Eagle Mountain for a number of reasons—it provides good access to renewable energy, a strong talent pool, and a great set of partners,” said Rachel Peterson, VP of Data Center Strategy at Facebook.

The project represents a $750 million investment in Eagle Mountain, and will benefit the city, Utah County, Alpine School District, Central Utah Water Conservancy District, and Unified Fire Service Area.

Facebook’s data center is expected to employ 30-50 people full time, with potential for more contract workers. Facebook will start the construction of data center this month and the data center is expected to come online in 2020.

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