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Facebook on Thursday announced it has opened its $1 billion data center in Los Lunas, the first of what will eventually be six buildings in use by more than 150 employees and contractors, according to the company.
“We are thrilled to announce (the site) has begun serving traffic and is now an important part of our global network of hyper-efficient data centers,” said Facebook in a statement.
The company expects to complete construction on five additional buildings, with about 300 employees, by the end of 2023. When finished, the facility will form two H shapes on a 2.8-million-square-foot campus and will contain a total of 22 “data halls” of servers and related equipment.
Facebook said Thursday it has signed commitments to add 396 megawatts of green energy to the state’s electric grid through eight wind and solar projects. The company estimates the projects will result in an investment of more than $800 million. The eight projects, as previously reported, include a solar array near the data center, two new wind farms in Torrance, Quay and DeBaca counties, and solar facilities in Cibola, Sandoval and Torrance counties.