Google weighs data cen­ter in Min­nesota

The Telegraph (Macon) - - Obituaries -

Google is look­ing into build­ing a $600 mil­lion data cen­ter in cen­tral Min­nesota that would be pow­ered by two wind farms.

Min­neapo­lis-based Xcel En­ergy dis­closed the data cen­ter pro­ject Thurs­day in a reg­u­la­tory fil­ing. The Google fa­cil­ity pro­posed in Becker would mark one of the largest pri­vate con­struc­tion projects in re­cent state his­tory and cre­ate about 50 full-time tech jobs.

“Min­nesota is al­ready the home to a num­ber of data cen­ters, so this pro­ject will really re­in­force Min­nesota as a hub for that grow­ing tal­ent in data in­fra­struc­ture,” said Shane De­laney, spokesman for the Min­nesota De­part­ment of Em­ploy­ment and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment.

Becker Mayor Tracy Ber­tram said the city is among sev­eral sites un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. Ber­tram said the plan calls for most of the fa­cil­ity’s elec­tric­ity to come from re­new­able sources, which is a com­mit­ment Google has made for its op­er­a­tions glob­ally.

Google couldn’t be reached for com­ment.

Un­der the pro­posed agree­ment, Xcel En­ergy would sell Google land for the fa­cil­ity and pro­vide elec­tric­ity ser­vice. The data cen­ter would be on about 300 acres near two of the util­ity’s coal gen­er­a­tors, which are set to re­tire soon.

Xcel, the coun­try’s largest wind en­ergy util­ity, would ded­i­cate two new wind farms, or about 300 megawatts of wind power, to the Google cen­ter, which would also draw elec­tric­ity from con­ven­tional sources.

Xcel said in the reg­u­la­tory fil­ing that the pro­ject would help the util­ity and the area tran­si­tion from its re­liance on the Sherco plant, the state’s largest coal-fired power plant.

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