DUBLIN , Ireland, June 15 (UPI) -- Facebook Inc. submitted plans on Monday for a new data center in County Meath, Ireland, its fifth facility in the country and the first powered by renewable energy.
The social media company, headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., has nearly 1,000 employees in Ireland, and the new center will add at least 40 more. Its Dublin office, where 900 people are employed, is the largest Facebook office outside its U.S. headquarters.
"Ireland has been a home for Facebook since 2007 and today's planning application demonstrates our continued interest to invest in Ireland," said Facebook data center director Rachel Peterson.
The investment in the new facility, in an industrially-zone area of the village of Clonee, is expected to near 200 million Euros ($225 million). Facebook regards itself as a champion of energy efficiency, and the data center follows construction of an environmentally friendly facility in Oregon, and Swedish center which runs on hydropower.
The center is supported by Ireland's Department of Jobs through the governmental agency ISA Ireland.