Site Selection Process
ECG met with each community participating in the program to identify potential sites that could effectively serve data center operations with:
- Reliable, redundant electric power
- Connectivity to state fiber infrastructure serviced by public or private options
- Safe, secure location within community protected from natural and/or man-made disasters
- Versatile sites that offer several customized build-to suit configurations for co-location and/or enterprise data center operation
- Availability for incentive opportunities from local development authority and utility provider
After the initial site selection, ECG worked internally to verify each site’s potential as a viable, data-ready site with:
- Extensive research and analysis covering labor and workforce statistics, educational institutions, quality-of-life attributes, natural disaster risk, weather and temperature history, crime rates, accessibility to fire and rescue as well as other support services in proximity
- Feasibility study by MEAG Power confirming existing on-site capacity, available expansion possibilities, dual-feed service, outage history, estimated timeline for system enhancements, locations of transmission and distribution infrastructure
- Fiber connectivity from site to major IT arteries and corridors within Georgia
- Access to qualified and skilled workforce
- Commitment from local community to provide competitive incentive opportunities, expedited permitting and on-the-ground support for entire process
- As one of Georgia’s top business incentives, the state – through the 1973 Georgia Territorial Act – allows industrial customers that are building or purchasing a new facility a one-time option of choosing their electric provider if their connected electric load is over 900 kW. This competitive bid process allows companies locating in Georgia a tremendous cost savings on electricity.
- ECG Data Center Ready sites would be eligible for customer choice should a project meet the 900 kW connected load threshold and could solicit bids to local electric providers for their competitive rates.
- Georgia is committed to providing businesses with a steady stream of talent. The state’s college and technical school system graduates over 60,000 students annually and many of these schools offer degrees in computer science.
- The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has been ranked as the seventh best public university in the nation.
- The state also has 33 college and career academies. These academies are partnerships between businesses, local high schools and technical colleges; they allow students to obtain a technical certificate and the opportunity to begin employment with a local company.