The Irish Data Centre developer Echelon Data Centers has been granted planning permission for a 100MW, 484,000sqm data centre in the Avoca River Business Park in Arklow, Co Wicklow.
Planning permission for the data centre was originally granted back in February by Wicklow Co Council, but it was subject to appeal, which has recently been dismissed by An Bord Pleanala.
This development will create 90 full-time operational roles and support 450 jobs in construction. This all forms a substantial investment by the company, which already has another €500 million site in Clondalkin in Dublin.
Echelon states that the Arklow site, when combined with the site in Clondalkin as well as “further sites we have identified”, will be in a position to offer hyperscale tenants a potential 300MW of capacity in an Irish availability zone.
They also stated that they are committed to finding “100% green and renewable solutions – wind, solar, biomass – to provide sustainable power options to all of its data centres”.
The company’s Chief Operating Officer Graeme McWilliams said the planning decision is Arklow “removes a significant uncertainty for us and clears the path to delivering a facility that will enhance Ireland’s developing datacentre offer. The centre will meet growing demand from global organisation in ecommerce, telecommunications, digital broadcasting, AI and the Internet of Things.”
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