Henrico, Va., will be the site of data center No. 11 for Facebook.
Henrico will join 10 other data centers that are either under construction or up and running:
- U.S.: New Albany, Ohio; Los Lunas, N.M.; Fort Worth, Texas; Altoona, Iowa; Prineville, Ore.; and Forest City, N.C.
- Other: Odense, Denmark; Clonee, Ireland; and Luleå, Sweden
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the new facility’s location in a Facebook post, writing, “Like all of our new data centers, it will be powered by 100 percent clean and renewable energy and will create thousands of jobs over the next few years. Our community is growing quickly and we’ll need this new infrastructure to serve people all around the world.”
Michael O’Connor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch covered a Thursday-morning news conference about the new data center, reporting that Facebook will invest $1 billion on the 970,000-square-foot facility, which will be located at White Oak Technology Park.
O’Connor added that the data center is expected to be completed in 2019, and it will have 100 full-time employees.