LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – The City of Los Lunas and state leaders broke ground Tuesday on Facebook’s new data center.
The new facility which will be built near I-25 and Highway 6, will cost at least $250-million.
The first phase of the project is expected to provide hundreds of construction jobs and 30 to 50 permanent time jobs.
“They build fast as you see. They just announced it a few weeks ago and here they are moving dirt. This is what Facebook does. They move quickly and they have enormous impact on Los Lunas and New Mexico as a whole,” said Governor Susana Martinez.
Local and state leaders hope the move will encourage other tech companies to come to New Mexico.
The facility should be up and running by 2018.
Senator Tom Udall also released the following statement:
Facebook’s data center will be powered with one hundred percent renewable energy and help connect more than 1.7 billion people who use Facebook across the globe. This is an example of how investments in clean energy and broadband infrastructure can help fuel economic opportunity, innovation and job creation in central New Mexico. As a member of the Senate Appropriations and Commerce Committees, I’ll keep working to boost renewable energy development and strengthen infrastructure across New Mexico to bring new investments in our state’s future.