Facebook "Likes" Texoma

Facebook "Likes" Texoma

It's official, Facebook likes Texoma. Officials broke ground yesterday on a $1 billion dollar data center in Fort Worth that will be completely powered by green energy. Today it's known that wind will come from a wind farm in southern Clay County.

Alterra Power Corporation currently owns the turbines planned to supply the data center with power. The project has been in the work for three years. However, Alterra had not had a contracted purchaser until just days ago when they agreed to sell the rights to the future power to Citi Bank.

"Citi Bank then brought Facebook in so the power of our project is going to supply the new data center near Fort Worth," said Paul Rapp of Alterra Power Corporation.

Alterra and Clay County already locked themselves into annual tax agreements with annuals of as much as $150,000-$180,000 a year. Even though the power is going to a big name brand like Facebook the county won't be pulling in more money than was already agreed upon. The turbines are expected to be up and completed by December of this year.

Jack Carney, Newschannel 6