Facebook is building a new $1.5 billion data center in Altoona, Iowa and it is expected to be the “most technologically advanced in the world. The center dubbed “Project Catapult” will cover nearly 1.4 million square feet and house three separate 466,000 square foot centers that will be built in two separate phases.
Facebook has been closed lipped about the project and when it will launch and how many jobs it will create. The only details released to date have come about from legislative sources.
State officials have given Facebook permission to build the new data center but they have yet to reveal tax credits and other incentives that will be handed over to the social networking giant. Facebook is seeking wind energy production tax credits and a water payment discount.
It is believed that Facebook will use the same type of power standards observed via its North Carolina and Oregon data centers. Another rumor says Apple might be involved somewhat in the project because of its knowledge in using fuel cells and solar arrays for data center creation.
If everything moves forward as planned the Facebook data center in Iowa will become the fourth major data center owned and operated by the social networking firm. Facebook also owns centers in North Carolina, Oregon, and Sweden.