Google plans to invest $773 million in a new 120 MW Netherlands data center spanning 44 hectares. The facility will be located on Netherland’s coast, in Eamshaven, and is projected to be operational by early 2016.
The new facility will fall in line with Google’s focus on sustainable building practices, consistently building data centers that utilize 50% less energy, featuring the most current designs in cooling and electrical technology. This will be Google’s fourth highly efficient data center in Europe joining facilities in Ireland, Finland, and Belgium, with the ultimate intention of running the entire data center on renewable energy.
The construction of the 4,736,116 square foot data center will provide many needed jobs in the region. There will be more than 1,000 construction jobs and once up and running the facility will employ more than 150 full-time.
Google’s approach has been to build fewer larger facilities than multiple smaller facilities and they foresee this Dutch data center to provide a “backbone for the expanding internet.”