November 20 (Solar) – Internet giant Google today said it will build a new data centre near Fredericia, western Denmark, and power it solely with renewables.
In order to provide the needed electricity, the company said it will seek to sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) for solar power, onshore and offshore wind.
The data centre will be built at a cost of EUR 600 million (USD 684m), with construction planned to run through 2021. The Fredericia facility is expected to be one of the most energy efficient in Denmark.
This will be Google’s fifth data centre in Europe, joining these in Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands and Belgium.
According to estimates provided by consultancy Copenhagen Economics (CE), around 1,450 jobs per year will be created during the construction phase in 2018-2021. Between 150 and 250 people will work at the facility following completion.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.140)