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The Facebook Inc. Instagram logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone in an arranged photograph taken in Arlington, Virginia, US on Monday, April 29, 2019.

Facebook to build US$800M data center in Tennessee

The Facebook Inc. Instagram logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone in an arranged photograph taken in Arlington, Virginia, US on Monday, April 29, 2019.

Facebook plans to build an US$800 million data center in Tennessee that is expected to employ about 100 people, state economic development officials announced Wednesday.

The Facebook logo is displayed during the F8 Facebook Developers conference on April 30, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The state Department of Economic and Community Development said construction has just begun on Facebook’s 982,000-square-foot facility in Gallatin and it will continue until 2023.

The center, located about 30 miles (48.3 kilometres) from Nashville, will house various types of workers, including technical operations, electricians, logistics staff and security.

The announcement follows three years of recruitment by state and local economic development officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Facebook will join Beretta USA, Gap and SERVPRO at the Gallatin Industrial Park.

Facebook has already reached a deal with TVA to bring 220 megawatts of new solar energy to the Tennessee Valley.

The new data center will be supported by 100% sourced renewable energy. It also is expected to use 80% less water than the average data center.