Google to build solar powered data centre in Belgium

Google has announced plans to build a data center in Belgium that will have an on-site solar farm for energy generation.

The search giant has set aside $312 million for the construction of the facility, which is being built in a town called Saint-Ghislain located about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from the capital Brussels.

Silicon Angle reports that Google expects the data center to come online in mid-2019. The attached solar farm is already up and running thanks to the fact that construction begun back in March 2017. It consists of 10,665 solar panels spread over about 10 acres that are set to generate 2.9 Gigawatt hours of energy per year.

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