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Facebook To Create Second-Biggest Wind Farm In Nebraska

By Brian Spaen

Large companies like Google and Apple are running their data centers with renewable energy. The latter is going to be building a fully sustainable data center in Waukee, Iowa, that’s scheduled to be completed in 2020. Facebook is also planning to create a data center in the Midwest, and it’ll feature a new wind farm that will power it entirely.

The social media giant is joining forces with Tradewind Energy to create the Rattlesnake Creek wind project in Dixon County, Nebraska. It’ll be stretched out among 32,000 acres of land between Allen, Emerson, and Wakefield. The new wind farm will feature a capacity of 320 megawatts, and 200 of it will be dedicated to a new data center being built in Papillion, which is near Omaha. Distance between the two areas is approximately 120 miles.

Facebook made the decision to power its new data center with 100 percent renewable energy after the Omaha Public Power District established a new rate structure. The goal was to attract more tech giants to build data centers that were powered by sustainable sources. Back in April, Facebook was considering building a wind farm that featured 450 megawatts.