Google breaks ground on $600M data center in Jackson County

Google breaks ground on $600M data center in Jackson County

Google breaks ground on $600M data center in Jackson County

This makes Google the first public cloud and company of its size to be powered 100 per cent by renewable energy.

When these new projects become operational in 2019 and 2020, participating customers like us will be able to substitute a portion of our electricity bill with a fixed price matched to the production of renewable energy generated.

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"This is a big day for Bridgeport because it helps our city in many different ways", said Hughes.

The ceremony is a culmination of plans that were made in 2015 for the construction of a $600 million facility in northern Jackson County.

It's the 8th data center built in the United States.

Google's newest data center is being constructed on a property of over 500 acres adjacent to the site of the decommissioned Widows Creek coal-fired power plant once operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

"The construction jobs will be several hundred construction jobs, and it's a great company".

Among those who once worked for TVA at Widows Creek was the father of the head of Google's head of global alliances, Nan Boden, who returned to Alabama Monday for the groundbreaking of the new data center. Dr.

Before joining Google, Giannandrea had stints at Netscape and General Magic.

Google said it selected the Jackson County site because it offered the right combination of energy infrastructure and developable land.

The overall environment and philosophy of Silicon Valley notwithstanding, it can be hard to find too many other companies that have employees who are as progressive as those in Google.

"I'm thrilled to join with Google today as they break ground on their data center in Jackson County", said Brooks.

Google is partnering with TVA to source renewable power and will utilize the site's existing electricity transmission lines to enhance the data center's reliability and bring in clean power. "This commitment by this fine company will not just grow this business; it will help grow this community".

Although Google won't initially be a major employer in Jackson County, state and local officials said they hope to decision by Google to locate in Northeast Alabama will spur other technology companies to consider the area.

Even more good news for Bridgeport citizens, Google granted Jackson Co.

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