Facebook scored high marks in a recent report on the “green Internet” by Greenpeace, as the environmental organization called out the social network’s transparency on environmental issues, its usage of renewable energy at its data centers, and its creation of the Open Compute Project.
Renewable energy is in the wind at Facebook, as the social network announced that when its data center in Altoona, Iowa, begins serving traffic in early 2015, the facility will be fully powered by a new wind energy project in nearby Wellsburg.
A day after an Iowa newspaper reported that Facebook’s next data center would be built in that state, Facebook confirmed the plans. The data center in Altoona, Iowa (13 miles northeast of Des Moines) will be Facebook’s fourth owned and operated data center, and the third in the U.S. Facebook Vice President of Infrastructure Jay Parikh described in a blog post why the company is building another data center.
Now that the 2012 presidential election is in the record books, we can start to examine more closely the role that Facebook played in the first “social election” and how the winners and losers used the platform in the waning hours of the race.