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Google Said to Be Planning $600M Wind Powered Data Center in the Land of Lakes

January 17, 2019 / Christine Hall

Google's parent company Alphabet is planning to build a $600 million data center in Minnesota, according to a regulatory filing last week by Excel Energy, the state's largest energy company. An initial report from Minnesota Public Radio, which broke the story, put the location of the planned data center in Becker, a town 46 miles northwest of Minneapolis with a population of about 4,500. But Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram told the Associated Press that her town is only one of several locations under consideration. However, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development said Google has already decided on the Becker site. If the data center is built in Becker, it will be constructed on about 300 acres of land purchased from Excel, which is also on-board to supply the 300MW data center with renewable energy, which according to news reports it will source from two large wind farms.