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Lenoir, NC -- Google is investing more than $600 million in its North Carolina data center.
Friday announcement brings Google's total investment to more than $1.2 billion at its Caldwell County data center -- one of the company's eight massive facilities.
The data center near Lenior houses computer systems that support Google's Internet search engine and other services such as Gmail and YouTube.
Gov. Pat McCrory and other politicians praised Google's announcement.
Google also says it plans to participate in a new program Duke Energy is developing for large customers that want to buy renewable energy. The company says it's committed to using renewable energy at its data centers.
Duke Energy says it will make a regulatory filing in North Carolina proposing the new renewable energy program in the next 90 days.