Google has announced plans to build a data center in Belgium that will have an on-site solar farm for energy generation.

The search giant has set aside $312 million for the construction of the facility, which is being built in a town called Saint-Ghislain located about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from the capital Brussels.
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Silicon Angle reports that Google expects the data center to come online in mid-2019. The attached solar farm is already up and running thanks to the fact that construction begun back in March 2017. It consists of 10,665 solar panels spread over about 10 acres that are set to generate 2.9 Gigawatt hours of energy per year.

The move follows other high profile renewable energy moves by Google’s blue chip peers. In October, Microsoft Corp. signed an agreement to buy all the electricity from an Irish wind farm operated by General Electric Co. to power one of its local cloud data centers.

Amazon has done similar, also with wind energy.

The Belgian data center is the third that Google is building in the country. The company says that the project will bring its total investment in Belgium to $1.25 billion.