Today on Planet 100: Facebook's Dirty Secret (Video)
Though Facebook has its data centers located in close proximity to renewable hydro-power plants, Planet 100 reports, it has chosen coal as its energy source.As TreeHugger explained:
In late January, Facebook announced that its new Oregon data center, the data center farms that create the cloud that brings your friends' updates to your computer or smart phone, will be powered by a coal plant in Idaho.
Why would Facebook choose dirty power when a clean source was available? In the end, it came down to cost.
More about this episode of Planet 100
Planet 100 on Planet Green
Read more about Facebook:
Facebook Grows Using Coal For Data Servers
Facebook Could Eliminate 75% of Its Servers by Changing Their Programming Code
Facebook's Monthly Electricity Bill Tops $1 Million