Countdown begins to the opening of Facebook’s Los Lunas data centre

Three days from now, New Mexico and the rest of the world will bear witness to the grand opening of Facebook’s billion dollar data centre campus.

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) will be unveiling its 2.8 million sq ft data centre facility in Los Lunas this Thursday, to which the company had said it’s investing over a billion dollars on the project. The new site has six buildings from the original plan of just two, which was announced a year ago when the company opened the doors of the unfinished data centre to allow tours; showcasing the amount of work that had gone into a year of construction.

The plan for the Los Lunas data centre facility is to have the campus powered with 100% renewable energy. For phase one of the data centre, two buildings and an admin space were under construction, totalling 970,000 sq ft; before Facebook added a further 1.8 million sq ft to it.

The mammoth task of making Facebook’s data centre facilities 100% green was taken up by Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) who signed a virtual power purchase agreement on behalf of Facebook which will produce 80MW of solar power capacity for Facebook. The team working on the site was last totalled at 800 daily workers, but Data Economy are yet to receive the estimated number of jobs this data centre will provide once the construction is over.

A report from Albuquerque Business First mentioned that the Village of Los Lunas already saw a $2m boost in revenue since 2017 when the construction began. As it stands, there are currently five data centres in Albuquerque in New Mexico without the addition of the Facebook Los Lunas data centre campus. It was reported that this project was previously predicted to open in 2018, but was delayed due to a shortage of workers – the new prediction is that construction is set to end by the year 2023.