Google seeks tax breaks for USD600M data centre in Minnesota

BECKER, Minnesota (AP) – Google’s plan to build a USD600 million wind-powered data centre in central Minnesota may hinge on the tech giant’s request for officials to waive 20 years’ worth of future taxes.

Minnesota Public Radio News reported that Google has asked Sherburne County and the city of Becker for property tax breaks that could save the company up to USD15 million.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is already reviewing Google’s proposed facility, which would be largely powered by Xcel Energy wind farms. The project will bring an estimated 50 tech jobs to the area.

Sherburne County Administrator Steve Taylor said county commissioners will hold public hearings on the tax abatement request in March. Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram has touted the potential economic benefits of bringing the data centre to the city.