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Google building $600 million data center on former TVA coal plant

Google building $600 million data center on former TVA coal plant

"It's just hard to do with something this big", he said. "Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicize and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology".

"Google is committed to investing in Jackson County to create new economic and educational opportunities for the people of Alabama and the surrounding region", said Dr. Nan Boden, Senior Director and Head of Global Technology Partners for Google Cloud.

Google executives joined with top Alabama elected officials in Bridgeport Monday to officially break ground on the new $600 million data center.

"Data centers like this are the engines of the Internet and deliver key tools and resources to our users, including search results, YouTube videos, Gmail and other apps and data links all around the world", Standridge said. TVA can use some of the existing power lines for the data center's electricity demand and has pledged to provide Google renewable solar, wind or hydro-generated power to comply with Google's desire to use 100 percent clean energy.

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.

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

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. The Alabama facility will become its 14th data center globally and the eighth in the U.S.

"It's a great day for the state of Alabama!"

As part of its commitment to local communities, Google also announced onsite that it would be donating $100,000 to the Jackson County School District for the growth and development of the region's student STEM programs.

Work already has been going on for weeks at the location, which includes the site of the old Widows Creek power plant. "We're so glad that when Google made a decision to search for a place to put a data center that they found Alabama".