MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Google is studying the construction of a $ 600 million data center in the center of Minnesota that will be powered by two wind farms.
Xcel Energy, based in Minneapolis, announced the data center project in a regulatory file on Thursday. The proposed Google structure in Becker will mark one of the largest private construction projects in the recent history of the state and will create about 50 full-time jobs.
"Minnesota is already home to many data centers, so this project will really reinforce Minnesota as a hub for that growing talent in data infrastructure," said Shane Delaney, spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic. Development.
Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram said the city is among the various sites taken into consideration. Bertram said the plan is that most of the electricity in the facility comes from renewable sources, a commitment that Google has made for its operations globally.
Google could not be reached for comment.
According to the proposed agreement, Xcel Energy would sell Google land for the facility and provide the electricity service. The data center would be located on about 300 acres near two utility coal generators, which should soon retire.
Xcel, the country's largest wind energy company, will dedicate two new wind farms or around 300 megawatts of wind power, to the center of Google, which would also attract electricity from conventional sources.
Xcel said in the regulatory file that the project would help the utility and the transition of the area from its reliance on the Sherco plant, the largest coal of the power plant state.
"By locating you, this project becomes part of the company's journey to consciously transform a coal-fired plant environment into a carbon-intensive and business-oriented area that creates new jobs, results in significant investment in private capital in the state and benefits all customers of the company, "writes the utility.