Ceremony set at Google site in northeast Alabama

Ceremony set at Google site in northeast Alabama

The tech giant plans to hold a groundbreaking ceremony Monday at the 350-acre plant site along the Tennessee River in Bridgeport.

Since it is not yet possible to power a company the size of Google entirely by renewable energy, the search giant has chose to "match" its energy usage by purchasing renewable energy from local wind and solar farms. This arrangement, and others like it throughout the country, help companies and utilities meet their renewable energy goals. The company has now filed an appeal with the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), reports Reuters.

"With this generous grant, Google has again proven itself a community partner and a supporter of the Jackson County School District", said Kevin Dukes, superintendent of the Jackson County School System. "The Google footprint, initially at $600 million, is an incredible commitment to establishing and expanding the company's Internet capabilities".

"I'm thrilled to join with Google today as they break ground on their data center in Jackson County", said U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville. "We're so glad that when Google chose to search for a place to put a data center that they found Alabama".

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Google said it selected the Jackson County site because it offered the right combination of energy infrastructure and developable land. We need to be constantly adding renewables to our portfolio to keep up.

In 2017, the search giant purchased a kilowatt hour of renewable energy from a wind or solar farm built specifically for the company to match each kilowatt hour of electricity it consumed. "Google's newest facility on the site of TVA's former fossil plant at Widows Creek ensures that this storied location continues to be a landmark for technology and economic development for the people of North Alabama". The state has approved a new program that allows companies such as Walmart, Target, and Johnson & Johnson, to buy renewable energy directly from Georgia Power. "They're using local contractors, local vendors, and it's going to be a big boom for this community", said Jackson County EDA President Shelia Shepard.

This story originally appeared on the Alabama Department of Commerce's Made in Alabama website.

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