Google has broken ground on a $600m data centre on the old TVA Widow’s Creek coal plant site in Bridgeport, Jackson County, Alabama.
The project, being established as part of Google’s expansion to 14 new data centres and offices across the US, will create as many as 100 full-time jobs with potential for growth in the future.
The Bridgeport data centre, being constructed on a 360-acre site, will be a hub for Internet traffic and Alabama’s first large-scale data centre. The project was announced in June 2015.
Construction of the new data centre is expected to take 12 to 15 months.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is working with Google to provide renewable energy for the facility.
Google Cloud head of global technology partnerships Nan Boden said: “Google is committed to investing in Jackson County to create new economic and educational opportunities for the people of Alabama and the surrounding region.
“As a native Alabamian, I am so proud to be part of the effort to bring this Google data centre to life in the coming months and years.”
The company said that the new data centre will feature modern energy efficiency. The Alabama facility will become Google’s 14th data centre globally and the eighth in the US.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said: “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.
“We’re proud that Alabama is playing an important role in Google’s future growth, and we look forward to seeing this data centre operation help power that growth.”
Mayor David ‘Bubba’ Hughes said: “This is a big day for Bridgeport because it helps our city in many different ways. Having Google in our community will bring us great jobs and offer real opportunities for our young people.
“Google is a generous supporter of schools, and the company’s presence will help us recruit other high-tech companies.”