Facebook has revealed that its new data centre will be located in Fort Worth, Texas, and will be powered solely by renewable energy.
The company has started construction of the data centre, which will be built to the same design of its predecessors which also use renewable energy sources.
Tom Furlong, vice president of infrastructure at Facebook, explained that the new facility represents a continuation of the company's efforts to make use of renewable energy.
"Like its predecessors, we expect Fort Worth to be one of the most advanced, efficient and sustainable data centres in the world," he said.
"Our continuing work on data centre design is an important part of our overall infrastructure efficiency efforts, which have helped us save more than $2bn in infrastructure costs over the last three years.
"Thanks to our continued focus on efficiency and our investments in renewables in recent years, the carbon impact of one person's use of Facebook for an entire year is the same as the carbon impact of a medium latte."
Furlong said that the Fort Worth data centre will harness 200MW of wind energy that the firm will bring to the Texas electricity grid as part of the deal to locate the facility in the state.
Texas is known for its very high summer temperatures, and the data centre will use air cooling to cut out the need for energy-hungry air conditioning or refrigeration.
Ken Patchett, director of data centre operations at Facebook, explained in a Facebook post that the Fort Worth data centre will support the firm's global infrastructure along with data centres in Prineville, Forest City, Luleå and Altoona.
Patchett added that the centres help provide the foundations for Facebook apps and services, along with supporting the company's controversial Internet.org ambitions.
He went on to explain Facebook's decision to choose Fort Worth. "We put a lot of effort into choosing where to locate a facility like this," he said.
"There are a lot of things we look for - everything from a shovel-ready site, to access to renewable energy, to great partnerships with the local community, to a strong pool of local talent for construction and long-term operations staff.
"We think we've found all that and more in Fort Worth, and we're excited to be getting started."
Data centres are increasingly being built to harness green energy in a bid to balance their huge energy consumption.
This is not surprising given how Greenpeace has criticised firms such as Amazon, which uses energy generated from fossil fuels.
Apple recently revealed plans to make use of renewable energy with its planned Ireland and Denmark data centres.
Elsewhere, firms like Equinix harness fresh air to significantly reduce the electricity needed for cooling.
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