Google to build data center at TVA Widow's Creek site in northern AL
Google has chosen the Tennessee Valley Authority's Widows Creek coal plant site in North Alabama to build its newest data center – the 14th such data center across the globe.
TVA's board of directors approved the closure of Widows Creek earlier this year following EPA's release of coal combustion rules that require additional environmental requirements.
“This is a big day for TVA,” TVA's President and CEO Bill Johnson said. “The partnership between the Alabama Department of Commerce, Jackson County Economic Development Authority, and TVA helped secure an innovative, global technology company to the Valley.”
Google will invest $600 million in this project and will bring nearly 100 new jobs to northern Alabama and the TVA region.
“Selecting the Widows Creek site to build our newest data center came after an extensive search,” said Gary Demasi, Director of Data Center Energy and Location Strategy for Google. “The idea of repurposing a former coal generating site and powering our new facility with renewable energy – especially reliable, affordable energy that we can count on 24/7 with the existing infrastructure in place – was attractive.”