Google kicks off construction on $600M Alabama data center

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This $600 million investment by Google will see as many as 100 high-skilled jobs to the community. "This particular project has so much meaning not only for Jackson County but also for the state of Alabama", said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

Writing a stern letter to the Google boss, thousands of employees are protesting the project that the company received from the Pentagon, The New York Times reports.

Google is building its newest data center - only the eighth in the United States and the 14th worldwide for the search engine giant - on 360 acres of the 2,000-acre site of the shuttered Widows Creek Fossil Plant.

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.

Governor Ivey highlights Alabama's business-friendly policies as a strong draw for the corporation.

"As one of the world's most dynamic and innovative technology companies, Google's products touch billions of people across the globe every single day", Gov. Kay Ivey said.

"Just glad Google's here and we're going to love 'em to death!" said Mayor Hughes.

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Google bolstered Hughes' optimism Monday by announcing a $100,000 grant to the Jackson County school district to enhance local science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

Google has an option for more of the abandoned Widows Creek plant, which TVA is continuing to disassemble and clean up.

Internet giant Google today officially launched construction of a $600 million data center in Alabama with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site in Jackson County.

Congressman Brooks said that he hopes that Google is the first of many major players that discover what the Tennessee River Valley in Alabama has to offer. 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.

"We're trying to get people". This arrangement, and others like it throughout the country, help companies and utilities meet their renewable energy goals. "No doubt about it - this is a game-changer for us".

Google's data centers are industry leaders in energy efficiency, thanks to innovations that allow the company's facilities to derive 3.5 times more computing power from the same amount of energy needed a few years ago.

"Bridgeport is just the ideal balance of land, power, water and a great community for the workforce", said Brenda Standridge, Google's Alabama project manager.