Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced Feb. 13 that through 2019, Google plans to invest more than $13 billion in data centers and offices throughout 14 states.
Pichai said in a press release that these new investments will give Google the capacity to hire tens of thousands of employees, and enable the creation of more than 10,000 new construction jobs in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia.
“With this new investment, Google will now have a home in 24 total states, including data centers in 13 communities,” Pichai said. “2019 marks the second year in a row we’ll be growing faster outside of the Bay Area than in it.”
According to Pichai, in the past year it has invested more than $9 billion and hired more than 10,000 people nationwide. This includes a $2.5 billion investment in data centers in Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia and Oklahoma in 2018.
Pichai added in the release that this growth will allow the company to invest in the communities where it operate, while Google improve the products and services that help billions of people and businesses globally.
“Our new data center investments, in particular, will enhance our ability to provide the fastest and most reliable services for all our users and customers,” Pichai said. “As part of our commitment to our 100 percent renewable energy purchasing, we’re also making significant renewable energy investments in the U.S. as we grow. Our data centers make a significant economic contribution to local communities, as do the associated $5 billion in energy investments that our energy purchasing supports.”
Google announced in January 2019 that it will put 1.6 million in solar panels in Tennessee and Alabama to construct energy-efficient Google data centers in those states. This will allow Google to “put more carbon-free energy on the electric grid that will power [its] servers throughout the region.”
“In the coming years, Google will purchase the output of several new solar farms as part of a deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), totaling 413 megawatts of power from 1.6 million solar panels—that’s equivalent to the combined size of 65,000 home rooftop solar systems,” said Amanda Corio, Google senior lead in energy and infrastructure in a January statement. “Located in Hollywood, Alabama and Yum Yum, Tennessee, the two biggest solar farms will be able to produce around 150 megawatts each.”
Google will continue developing its data center offices in the Midwest, opening new data centers in Ohio and Nebraska. The Wisconsin office will move in the following months into a larger workspace. In the South, Google will expand its workforce with its new office and data center in Virginia. In the Northeast, Google plans to build new office spaces outside of the Bay Area and the continuing Google Hudson Square campus will open over the next few years. Google will also open its first data center in Nevada and expand its Washington office with redevelopments to its investments in California.