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

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The plant is set to become Google's 14th data center in the world.

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).

Google has hit a new milestone in its efforts to go green and a year ago the company was able to purchase enough renewable energy to match all the electricity its operations used worldwide.

The company plans to hire as many as 100 technical people, but construction of the $600 million project will have an immediate impact on the community.

Google will procure 78.8 megawatts (MW) of solar energy for its data center in Douglas County, Georgia as part of efforts to leverage renewable energy in every market it operates in.

Gov. Kay Ivey speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Google data center in Bridgeport.

Google is building its Bridgeport facility - and another similar data center on another former TVA site in Clarksville, Tenn. - to help meet growing demand in the Southeast for cloud-based services, searches and video streaming.

"It's a great day for the state of Alabama!" We need to put trailer parks put up for the construction workers like that. That happened Monday when the company surprised the Jackson County school system with $100,000, which will go toward growth and development of the areas STEM programs.

Work already has been going on for weeks at the location, which includes the site of the old Widows Creek power plant. This arrangement, and others like it throughout the country, help companies and utilities meet their renewable energy goals. The company was one of the first to begin buying renewables on a large scale in 2010 and recently announced that it achieved 100 percent renewable energy for its operations in 2017.

"The milestone we celebrate today is the result of government, business and community leaders working together with TVA to bring good jobs and quality investment to our region", TVA president and CEO Bill Johnson said.

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