Facebook plans to build an $800 million data centre in DeKalb that will depend entirely on renewable energy and create about 100 jobs.
The server farm, a 505-acre land venture on the southeast corner of the crossing point of Gurler and Peace streets, will utilise 80% less water than other server farms, Facebook said.
The Facebook-owned land can contain five structures, and two will be finished by 2022. “As time advances, we will choose if it bodes well for us to keep on growing,” said Rachel Peterson, VP of server farm system for Facebook.
It will be Facebook’s first server farm in Illinois. The organization has 15 other all-inclusive. The 100 workers will incorporate technicians, engineers, construction management, facilities management, logistic professionals and security personnel, Facebook said.
“It’s a shelter to our locale, and once on the web, this server farm will be a piece of a system that associates individuals. Everywhere, throughout the world,” DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith said in a news discharge.
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Facebook chose DeKalb, in Chicago’s western suburbs because of access to renewable energy. Additionally, its talent pool and strong community partners made it a good pick, Peterson said.
Facebook promised in 2018 to control its offices with a 100% sustainable power source before the finish of 2020. Points of interest on what sort of sustainable power source will be utilised in DeKalb are being worked on, Peterson added.
In 2019, Illinois lawmakers approved a data center tax incentive to attract technology organisations. And other firms are set to build their data storage facilities in the state.
However, among different prerequisites, organisations must put in up to $250 million in every office. They also must recruit 20 full-time workers over five years to meet all requirements for the program.
Facebook is yet to apply for the state’s incentive program, Peterson said.
The Chicago area ranked third last year in the U.S. for data centre capacity according to a report.
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