Facebook expands Nebraska data center presence

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Construction continues at Facebook's Sarpy County site. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

On March 19, Facebook announced their Nebraska data center will be three times the size of its original announcement.

The Papillion data center will include six buildings instead of two, with groundbreaking for the additional buildings set to begin in May. In April 2017, Facebook announced a plan to build its next data center in Sarpy County. They credited OPPD’s Rate 261M as one of the biggest draws.

In October, Facebook announced the site of a new wind energy facility in northeast Nebraska to provide power for the data center. The 320-megawatt Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project is being developed by Tradewind Energy and is owned by Enel Green Power North America Inc. It will be built in Dixon County.

Facebook’s said the data center campus will be more than 2.6 million square feet. The buildings will be completed in 2023. The expansion means thousands of construction jobs for the area and hundreds of operational jobs.

Image courtesy of Facebook.

OPPD officials have said data centers are great projects for the area, as they provide large, steady load. OPPD’s work includes a substation expansion and construction of a new transmission line to help power the area.

“We are thrilled to see Facebook continue to grow in the area, providing impacts all across Papillion, the state and region,” said Tim O’Brien, director of Economic Development & External Relations at OPPD. “Facebook’s continued growth confirms Nebraska’s excellent environment for data center development.”

Facebook is the first customer to take advantage of Rate 261M. OPPD continues to see interest from other companies large enough to qualify for the rate.

Jason Kuiper

About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He formerly worked as a staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald.

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