If you've never logged into the Google Cloud Platform to set up billing, you are eligible for $300 in free credits that can be used for work you do in Terra. This article answers FAQs about using the credits on Terra and step-by-step instructions to claim the credits.
What can I do with my $300 GCP credits?
How long will my credits be available?
How do I track how much I've spent?
What happens when the credits expire?
I'm in! How can I set up billing and access GCP credits (three steps)?
What can I do with my $300 GCP credits in Terra?
Your GCP credits will cover anything that has a cost in Terra - such as moving and storing data and running interactive or workflow analyses. Use of the credits is not restricted to specific analyses or workspaces. Read this article for further detail around what costs money.
How long will my $300 credits be available?
Your credits will be available once you accept them in the GCP console. Credits will be available for a year, or until you have used up all $300, whichever comes first. You will get a notice from GCP before your credits run out.
How do I track how much I’ve spent?
To view your month-to-date billing invoice for your credits billing project, go to the Google console summary page at https://console.cloud.google.com/home/. You can also get a number of different detailed GCP billing reports by looking under Billing (choose "Billing" from from the main navigation in the top left corner).
What happens once the credits expire?
Once your credits run out or expire, you will be notified by GCP that you have no available credits and that any additional costs will be charged to the credit card of bank account you gave when signing up.
How to set up billing in Terra and access $300 from Google in three steps
In order to get the $300 from GCP, you will first set up a Billing account with your Terra user ID (login). Note that you will need to give some additional information to Google, as well as verify your Billing account with a credit card or bank account.
1. Set up GCP billing and access $300 free trial credits
1.2. Follow the instructions to sign up for a Billing Account and get your credits. You'll have to give your birthday, address and a couple of other pieces of information.
Note about supplying payment information
You will need to give either a credit card or bank account for security. Don't worry! You won't be billed until you explicitly turn on automatic billing:
How to verify billing
When you go to the Manage Billing page in the console (https://console.cloud.google.com/billing), you will see your new Billing account:
2. Link Terra to your Billing Account on GCP console
2.1. Go to "Manage billing accounts" from GCP console Billing (https://console.cloud.google.com/billing) and check the box next to "My Billing Account"
2.2. Select "Add member" under "Permissions" (right column)
2.3. Add `terra-billing@ firecloud.org` under New member in the form that appears
2.4. Select the role "Billing" -> "Billing Account User"
2.5. Click the Save button
3. Create a billing project in Terra
Once you've accepted your Google credits and linked your billing to Terra, you will be able to create a project in Terra funded by the GCP billing account.
To create a project, go to your Billing page from the main navigation (three horizontal lines at the top left of any page) aand click on the blue "+" icon at the top left.