Facebook’s newest data center, in Luleå, Sweden, went live Wednesday, and the social network said the new facility has the potential to be one of the world’s most efficient and sustainable data centers.
Facebook is going public with the results of its efficiency efforts at its data centers in Prineville, Ore., and Forest City, N.C., debuting two public dashboards that display real-time data for the data centers’ PUE (power usage effectiveness) and WUE (water usage effectiveness) levels.
Facebook’s trademark color may be blue, but it’s also known for being green. New figures released Wednesday by the social network show that 23 percent of the company’s energy is renewable. Facebook is also continuing to seek ways to cut back its carbon emissions and increase the percentage of energy coming from clean, renewable sources.
Facebook is building its newest data center in Luleå, Sweden, because of that town’s frigid climate, but the social network may run into a much hotter regulatory climate in the form of the country’s wiretapping law.
The weather in Luleå, Sweden, is lovely this time of year, and has been lovely since 1961, for a server farm, that is. Human beings might not agree.