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

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

The former TVA plant shut down in 2015 after generating coal-fired electricity for TVA for 63 years.

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.

Google's site manager for the project spoke of the company's excitement to partner with Jackson County and continued partnership with the community. "Hopefully, Google and those who see what Google has done will bring many more high skilled, high-paying jobs to this region".

Hundreds of construction workers will also come to the area to help build the center. They want Jackson County students to stay right here and work for them at this new data center.

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.

"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.

"With this generous grant, Google has again proven itself a community partner and a supporter of the Jackson County School District", said Kevin Dukes, superintendent of the Jackson County School System. This arrangement, and others like it throughout the country, help companies and utilities meet their renewable energy goals.

Google was attracted to the site on the Tennessee River because of the availability of land, water, labor and clean renewable energy. We need to be constantly adding renewables to our portfolio to keep up.

The data center will utilize the old Widows Creek power plant to help power the new center. The state has approved a new program that allows companies such as Walmart, Target, and Johnson & Johnson, to buy renewable energy directly from Georgia Power.

"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.

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