Building the most efficient data centers on Earth

Facebook’s data centers are among the most advanced, energy- and water- efficient data centers in the world.

Starting with our first data center in Prineville, Oregon, Facebook has sought to revolutionize data center design to maximize efficiency and reliability. By rethinking and reengineering everything from servers to cooling systems, we designed and constructed a new data center that was 38% more energy efficient, cost 24% less to build and run, and used 50% less water than a traditional data center. With every data center we build, we iterate on our designs to feature increasingly efficient and scalable infrastructure. We’ve taken our work a step further by helping to found the Open Compute Project to publicly share these designs and drive efficiency improvements across the industry.

Powering our data centers with clean and renewable energy

We’re committed to powering our operations—including all future data centers—with 100% clean and renewable energy (CaRE). All of the data centers we’ve built since 2013 are powered with CaRE, and access to cost-effective CaRE is one of the primary factors used in selecting our new data center locations. We also believe that to create meaningful change we have to go beyond our own walls, which is why we’re part of a collaborative initiative working to green the grid for all by making it easier for companies to procure CaRE.
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Producing wind and solar energy takes less water than producing energy from fossil fuels. As we move closer to powering our operations with 100% clean and renewable energy, we also reduce our water footprint. In 2016, we estimate that our solar and wind energy procurement efforts saved tens of millions of gallons of water. We also strive to conserve water directly. We install water-saving fixtures and appliances to conserve water, and all bathroom and kitchen fixtures meet Energy Star standards; we use minimal water for irrigation by relying on native or adaptive plant species.