Work begins on Facebook’s Clonee data centre in Ireland

WCN Editorial Team 7 Apr 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Facebook has started construction of a EUR200m ($227.9m) data centre in Clonee village in County Meath, Ireland.
The 621,000 sq ft Clonee facility will be Facebook’s first in Ireland and second in Europe, and sixth across the globe.
The facility will be a central part of Facebook's global infrastructure allowing customers to connect with each other.
Facebook has signed a long-term renewable energy supply agreement with Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners to supply 100% renewable wind energy to the Clonee facility. The agreement is in line with the company’s plan to reach the goal of powering 50% of its infrastructure with clean and renewable energy by the end of 2018.
The data centre is scheduled to be operational by late 2017 or early 2018.
It is expected to create 2,000 jobs during the construction phase and around 150 longer-term jobs.

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