The social media giant will invest over a billion in the state, reports CNBC. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Facebook will invest $750 million to build a 970,000-square-foot data center in Henrico County. McAuliffe also said the company will build “multiple solar facilities” worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In a statement, Rachel Peterson, Facebook’s director of data strategy said:
“When considering new data center locations, we not only look for clean and renewable energy solutions, but great partnerships within the local community, a strong pool of local talent, excellent access to fiber, and a robust electric grid. Henrico County and the Commonwealth of Virginia has it all.”
Facebook has previously stated that it aims to power all of its facilities with 100% renewable energy in the future.