$1 billion Facebook data center coming to Henrico County

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC/WAVY ) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday morning that Facebook will be investing $1 billion into a data center in eastern Henrico County.

The data center will use solar power and 100 percent renewable energy. The Commonwealth is investing $250,000 in solar technology to make it happen.

Dominion Energy says new solar generation to the power grid for the data center.

Robert M. Blue, president and CEO of Dominion Energy’s Power Delivery Group, stated, “We are pleased we have been able to develop a solution for Facebook that meets all those requirements and creates a model that can be used by other large businesses as well.”

Dominion is planning to build multiple solar facilities in the Commonwealth for Facebook’s new facility.

Gov. McAuliffe says they have been working on the project for three years.

Representatives from Facebook said the data center will be complete in 2019, and it will be one the most advanced in the world.