MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — Google plans a $600 million expansion of its data center in South Carolina.The Post and Courier of Charleston reports records regarding the expansion were filed with Berkeley County, which will consider a property tax break for the unit of California-based Alphabet Inc.
The facility, which sits half an hour north of Charleston, is one of only a handful of data centers the technology giant runs in the U.S. It’s part of the backbone that keeps services like Gmail and Google Drive online. Since it first opened, Google has pumped $1.8 billion into the decade-old site, which is in Moncks Corner, but details of its expansion plans are still limited. The company declined to describe its plans until they win the blessing of Berkeley County officials. Under terms of the incentives, Google will have until the early 2030’s to complete the expansion. The company runs eight data centers in the U.S. and 15 worldwide. Google isn’t saying what prompted the expansion plans. The company declined to disclose details until Berkeley County officials approve.