In Iowa, A Field Becomes a Billion-Dollar Google Server Farm
December 2nd, 2013 By: Rich Miller
Google’s decision to build big in Iowa has been good for the local economy in Council Bluffs. The company has created 130 full-time jobs, as well as hundreds of construction jobs as it steadily builds out its campus.
In 2010, Google entered into a long-term contract to purchase wind energy from NextEra Energy Resources. Google is investing directly in the RPM wind project, which has been contracted to sell all of the energy to the Central Iowa Power Cooperative, an Iowa-based utility that will deliver the energy to local consumers.
Here’s a look at the inside of Google’s first Council Bluffs facility, via a photo gallery the company published last year.
This is quite impressive. 3 buildings with 9 generator groups each. That 57 MW if each group is a pair of 1 MW generator (most likely 1.5~2MVA, but let’s be conservative here).
At 250W per server and a PUE of 1.1 (current Google fleet TTM PUE) that’s enough to house 196,000 servers (or google rack units if you provide 250 watts to servers and storage bays alike).