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Google announces expansion at Caldwell Co. data center

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LENOIR, NC (WBTV) -

Google announced Friday morning that it is expanding its data center in Caldwell County with a $600 million expansion.

NC Gov. Pat McCrory and other officials joined Google executives at the company's data center in Lenoir to make the announcement.

Officials did give a specific number of jobs the investment would create.

The data center in Lenoir houses computer systems and associated components that support Google search, Google+ and YouTube, according to a release from the company.

The company says it now invested more than $1.2 billion in Caldwell County. The new investment will add around 50 new jobs to the center.

It is expanding in North Carolina to meet growing demand for its services, according to the release.

Google says it plans to participate in a new program Duke Energy is developing for large customers that wish to buy renewable energy. The renewable energy option will be voluntary and will not affect the rates of other customers.

Duke Energy will make a regulatory filing proposing the new program with the North Carolina Utilities Commission in the next 90 days, according to the release.

Google first announced plans for a North Carolina data center in 2007 and made an initial investment of $600 million to get the center up and running. In November 2010, Google announced plans to construct a second building at the site, and it is now serving traffic, according to the release.

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