RTI International analyzed Facebook’s expenditures for U.S. data center construction and operations and estimated that, when accounting for multiplier effects, Facebook data centers have contributed a cumulative $5.8 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) to the U.S. economy from 2010-2016, or $835 million per year. This contribution estimate is primarily driven by the upfront capital investments for construction. Facebook’s renewable energy goals also drive third-party investment in solar and wind farms to provide clean energy to data centers in Iowa, Texas, New Mexico, and Nebraska and eventually in Ohio and Virginia.
The Impact of Facebook’s U.S. Data Center Fleet is available here.
LOOKING BACK AT PAPILLION’S FACEBOOK DATA CENTER DEVELOPMENT
- New Facebook wind farm to cost $430M
- Construction starts on Nebraska wind farm that will sell electricity to Facebook for Omaha-area data center
- Facebook to tap the wind for power to Papillion plant
- OPPD. Facebook collaboration opens opportunities for public power: Burke
- Effort to bring Facebook data center to Sarpy County took 6 years of swinging and missing
- New Facebook data center is a major win for Nebraska and Sarpy County
- ‘We want to move fast’: Facebook’s new data center near Papillion should be online by 2020
- Facebook to build data center in Sarpy County
ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
- Illinois clears path for one of the first U.S. microgrid clusters, American Public Power Association
- As price drops, renewable energy surges to second place in Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
- Do new rooftop solar price projections mean ‘if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’ for utilities?, Utility Dive. Rooftop solar’s 2030 price could be $0.05/kWh and drive 30 GW/year of new capacity, DOE finds.
- Q&A: A Colorado scientist puts theory into practice as utility leader, Energy News Network
- A solar farm is proposed in Oglala Lakota County, The Daily Republic