Google officially breaks ground in Bridgeport

10 April, 2018, 20:15 | Author: Shannon Newton
  • Google officially breaks ground in Bridgeport

Almost three years after Google first announced plans to build a data center in Alabama, the search engine giant said Monday it expects to finish the first phase of the $600 million project on a portion of what was once one of TVA's biggest coal plants. The Alabama facility will become its 14th data center globally and the eighth in the U.S.

Bridgeport mayor David "Bubba" Hughes called Google's development a game-changer for the small city on the north end of Jackson County. The company said the center will create between 75 and 100 highly technical jobs, with potential for growth in the future.

"We're trying to get people".

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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.

"Google is a company that has an global reputation for excellence".

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. "The Google footprint, initially at $600 million, is an incredible commitment to establishing and expanding the company's Internet capabilities".

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Google officials told us most the work done at the data center here will serve the southeast region of the united states.

Google was attracted to the site on the Tennessee River because of the availability of land, water, labor and clean renewable energy. "I look forward to seeing how we will continue to work with community leaders to develop new opportunities for the children in this school district". 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 data center will utilize the old Widows Creek power plant to help power the new center. "It's just hard to do with something this big", he said.

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This story originally appeared on the Alabama Department of Commerce's Made in Alabama website.

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