At least there’s one guilt-free aspect about clicking your time away on Facebook: the social media site’s carbon footprint is getting a little smaller thanks to sustainably powered data centers.
Vincent Van Son, Facebook’s Data Center Energy Manager, announced via the social media website today that the company’s new data center in Iowa will rely solely on power from a nearby wind farm. The data center is currently under construction in Altoona, Iowa, a suburb only a few miles away from Des Moines, and is expected to be open in 2015.
The wind farm which Facebook’s center will get its energy from is located 70 miles north of Altoona, positioned on the Great Plains where wind is plentiful. In the future, it is expected that this particular wind farm will be able to contribute 138MW of energy to Iowa’s power grid.
Facebook isn’t the only big company looking to tap into alternative sources of energy to clean up their acts- both Microsoft and Google are reportedly researching similar projects. Reportedly, Facebook’s current aim is that 25% of its total data consumption should come from renewable energy sources such as wind farms.