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Company plans data center in historic Montana powerhouse

Posted at 11:14 AM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 14:14:21-04

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A California-based tech company plans to repurpose a more than century-old Montana powerhouse into a data center.

The Great Falls Tribune reported Wednesday that NorthWestern Energy has submitted a plan to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for Susteen Inc. to lease the Rainbow Powerhouse in Great Falls.

The former hydroelectric facility was built in 1910 along the Missouri River.

The Great Falls-Cascade County Historic Preservation Advisory Commission has been working with the utility since 2011 to find a way to reuse the historic building at the Rainbow Dam.

Cascade County Commissioner Jane Weber says the project brings economic development to the community as well as preserves a “well-loved and appreciated historic building on the landscape.”


Information from: Great Falls Tribune,