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Facebook heads back east with a relatively green data center in North Carolina

Social networking titan Facebook is investing around $450 million to open a second standalone data center out in the evergreen hills of Forest City, North Carolina, the company announced today.

The data center should take around 18 months to build and will generate 250 jobs during the construction process. Facebook will then hire between 35 and 45 people to run the beast. Facebook will get around $17 million in tax breaks as a result, according to a report by the New York Times.

Facebook’s new data center will also have to meet some pretty strict environmental standards that North Carolina imposes on its residing corporations. That means it will have to meet a number of energy efficiency and cooling standards to keep the facility moving along. About 40 percent of the data center’s energy will be nuclear powered, according to reports.

Granted, just about any state would kill to have a data center run by Facebook — including Oregon, which is allowing Facebook to run an upcoming data center in that state with coal power rather than cleaner energy sources. The Prineville, Ore.-based data center will cost only half of the upcoming data center, valued at $200 million. Only time will tell if Facebook is able to meet the energy standards that the state government has requested.

Facebook’s is the second major data center the Tar Heel state has managed to snag in the past year. Just last year, governor Bev Perdue and company were able to negotiate their way to bringing a $1 billion Apple data center to the state that’s scheduled to open in the near future.

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