The new facility in Kuna is expected to begin operations in 2025, supported by 100% renewable energy.
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Power is proud to support Meta’s energy needs, especially as the tech giant’s renewable energy focus closely aligns with the utility’s own goal of providing 100% clean energy by 2045.
On February 16, Meta announced it will build its newest data center in the town of Kuna. Work on the 960,000 square-foot facility is scheduled to begin in September 2022, with construction expected to continue through 2025. With an estimated investment of $800 million, the Meta data center is projected to bring more than 1,200 jobs to Kuna during peak construction and 100 operational jobs.
Idaho is considered an ideal location for data centers, with low risk of natural disasters, energy prices well below the national average, a stable climate and a ready workforce. In December 2021, Idaho Power filed a request with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC) seeking approval of a special contract to provide energy service for Meta. All customers above 20 megawatts (MW) require a special contract detailing their energy service agreement and associated pricing.
Meta plans to support 100% of its operations through the addition of new renewable resources connected to Idaho Power’s system using the framework outlined in the Clean Energy Your Way program proposal, which Idaho Power filed with the IPUC in December 2021. The Clean Energy Your Way proposal requests an expanded suite of options to help Idaho Power customers meet their own clean energy goals. One component is a construction option, which would allow customers to work with Idaho Power to procure new renewable resources and integrate them into the grid. Meta would represent the first example of the construction offering.
About Idaho Power
Idaho Power, headquartered in vibrant and fast-growing Boise, Idaho, has been a locally operated energy company since 1916. Today, it serves a 24,000-square-mile area in Idaho and Oregon. The company’s goal to provide 100% clean energy by 2045 builds on its long history as a clean-energy leader that provides reliable service at affordable prices. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects at the core of its diverse energy mix, Idaho Power’s residential, business and agricultural customers pay among the nation’s lowest prices for electricity. Its 2,000 employees proudly serve more than 600,000 customers with a culture of safety first, integrity always and respect for all.