Facebook to invest $750M to expand data center in Oregon

Facebook plans to invest an additional $750 million to build two new buildings at the company's data center in Central Oregon. The company on Thursday announced plans to expand its facilities to 3.2 million square feet in Prineville. (Facebook)

PRINEVILLE, Ore. - Facebook plans to invest an additional $750 million to build two new buildings at the company's data center in Central Oregon.

The company on Thursday announced plans to expand its facilities to 3.2 million square feet in Prineville.

Facebook expects to hire another 100 workers, in addition to the 350 working there.

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The buildings will come online in mid-2020, according to a statement.

"But our commitment to the community extends beyond this these buildings," the company said, detailing its connection to Prineville and Crook County.

This summer, we were thrilled to announce that our first five buildings will be supported by 100% solar energy. Two solar projects will be developed in Crook County and will increase the amount of solar power in Oregon by more than 20%. As with our existing Prineville campus, we anticipate these new buildings will join our list of hyper-efficient data centers and will supported by new renewable energy resources developed in the region.
Next month, we will also launch our Community Action Grants program for 2019. This program provides grants to schools and organizations in support of putting the power of technology to use for the community and promoting STEM education. Since joining the Prineville community, we have provided nearly $1.5 million in grants to local organizations, including nearly a quarter of that to Crook County Schools.

"Prineville, Crook County and the State of Oregon have been great partners from the beginning," Facebook said in the statement, "and we are so happy about how we have evolved together over the last eight years. We look forward to continuing our strong and fruitful partnership. Thank you, Prineville!"

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