Mubasher: Google Inc. is planning to build a mammoth data centre in Becker, in the US state of Minnesota, with an estimated cost of $600 million, which will be powered by Xcel Energy's wind farms.
Google will buy 300 acre-land from Xcel for the centre and the Minnesota-based utility company will supply the new facility with renewable energy to cover its power need, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
“This project becomes part of the company’s journey to mindfully transition a coal-plant environment into a less carbon-intensive, business-oriented area that creates new jobs, results in significant private capital investment in the state and benefits all of the company’s customers,” Xcel Energy said.
Under the terms of the deal between Google and Xcel, the latter will provide 300 megawatts of wind energy to the planned data centre, and would cover power needs by “conventional” power sources in “less-windy days”.
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