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New Facebook data center to be energy efficient

January 25, 2010
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PRINEVILLE, OR — A data center for the popular social networking site currently under construction will have a number of energy efficient features, according to Environmental Leader.

According to the story, the new facility will feature an evaporative heating and cooling system in which an airside economizer brings in cool air from the outside and heat generated from servers will be used to heat the offices.

The 147,000-square-foot data center will also feature a system for maintaining uninterrupted electricity that saves energy usage by 12 percent, the story stated.

The data center — a first for Facebook, which had previously only leased storage — is seeking a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold designation, the story added.

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