Google Houses New Data Center in Repurposed Tenn. Plant
Google will invest $600 million in the Montgomery County, Tenn., facility. The site will house new technologies the company is testing.Google has selected an unfinished semiconductor manufacturing facility in Montgomery County, Tenn., to be the home of its 15th global data center. The company will reuse and repurpose as much of the existing infrastructure from the facility (originally built for polysilicon supplier Hemlock Semiconductor) as it can for its new data center and recycle what it doesn't need. "Based on our assessments, this site will be able to house new technologies we're currently testing in research and development, which would make this data center the most technologically advanced in the world," Joe Kava, Google's vice president of data center operations, wrote in a recent blog post. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will provide electricity for the data center. Google will work with TVA in finding new sources of renewable energy for the site and to bring that power to TVA's electric grid. Eventually, the goal is to power the facility entirely through renewable energy sources like its upcoming $700 facility in Eemshaven, Netherlands, is designed to do from day one. According to Kava, Google will invest around $600 million in the Tennessee data center and will engage with county and city officials in Montgomery County to launch a community grants program focused on clean energy, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and access to the Internet.
The new data center will be Google's eighth in the United States and 15th globally. Earlier this year, the company announced plans to build data center No. 14 at the site of a former coal-fired power-generation plant in Alabama's Jackson County. As with the just-announced data center, Google is reusing and repurposing as much of the existing infrastructure as it can in its $600 million Alabama data center.