Google breaks ground on $600m data centre in Ohio, US


US-based technology company Google has broken ground on a $600m data centre in New Albany, Ohio.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that the company planned to invest more than $13bn in data centres and offices across the US, with major expansions in 14 states, in 2019.

Ohio Lt Governor Jon Husted said: “This and additional data center investments have contributed to making Ohio the tech center of the Midwest. The infrastructure that accompanies these types of investments creates a real and strategic economic advantage for Ohio.”

Google US public policy vice president Mark Isakowitz said: “Data centers enable Google to power your searches, organize documents and emails, and help you find the fastest way home.

“Investing in a community means more than building a facility. It means investing in the people that make Ohio a great place to live and work.”

Google has signed a long-term retail supply agreement with AEP Energy to ensure supply of 100% renewable energy for the New Albany data centre.

The technology company said that the agreement will allow AEP Energy to construct 100MW of new wind and solar projects in Ohio to keep pace with the data centre’s demand as it grows over time.

AEP Energy president Greg Hall said: “We’re committed to developing creative solutions that enable customers in competitive markets to simultaneously meet their sustainability objectives and secure cost-effective renewable energy.”

Google has also announced Impact Challenge Ohio for which it will award $1m and urged non-profits to submit their ideas to create economic opportunity.

A panel of judges will select the top five submissions who will receive $175,000 to make their idea a reality.

Later, the public will vote to select a People’s Choice winner to receive an additional $125,000.

In July 2019, Google broke ground on a new $600m data centre in the US state of Nevada.


Image: Google invests in a new data centre in Ohio, US. Photo: courtesy of New Albany.

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