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Google to Build Data Center in Alabama Power Plant


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Google has announced an agreement to build its 14th data center in a coal based power plant in Alabama, with an intent to work with the Tennessee Valley Authority "to scout for new renewable power projects and put them online." Google is hoping to bring in alternative power sources to help make the data center more environmentally friendly. Construction of the data center is expected to begin next year while the last coal generator in the plant is expected to shut down in October of this year. The power plant site presents several advantages for data center construction including access to a water supply for cooling computers, well-built structures, and rail line conduits that can be modified to run fiber optic cables.

Source: NY Times

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