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Ryan Berlin November 10, 2017 -
Power reliability is essential to critical facility operations and data centers. Without it, outages and other hidden causes of failure can result in data loss and damage to valuable IT equipment. Facebook is set to invest $750 million to construct a 970,000 square foot data center in Virginia, according to an article on CNBC. In addition, Facebook will spend hundreds of millions building "multiple solar facilities" to power the data center with renewable energy. Click here to learn more about data centers. Authorities said that the project would create thousands of construction jobs and 100 "full-time" operational roles. Facebook has ambitious plans when it comes to sustainability and says it is committed to powering its business with 100 percent "clean and renewable energy." Click here to learn more about renewable energy technology. The U.S. installed almost 2.4 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics in the second quarter of 2017, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. The report, which was released in September, said this represented an increase of 8 percent year-on-year. This Quick Read was submitted by Ryan Berlin, managing editor of Facility Maintenance Decisions, firstname.lastname@example.org.