Renewable energy company ILI
and Green Cat Renewables have jointly submitted a planning application for a data center which will be built in rural Scotland. If approval is granted, the 10,000-square-meter data center will be built in East Ayrshire. Around 40% of the proposed center's energy requirements will be met through renewable energy generated by wind turbines.
£5 million ($7,800,000) will be invested in the 2000-rack facility, and the center is planned with a view to bringing 'big data' capability to the area through the large-scale 'cloud' data storage development. Particular focus is on bringing players like Amazon, Apple and Google to the area. Known as the The Blair Farm Data Center, it is expected to bring around 15-20 new full-time jobs to the area.
"We're expecting to have a planning decision late this summer and all being well, as we are confident that it will be, construction will start in 2016," Mark Wilson, the director of ILI, told Scottish newspaper the Sunday Herald. "We are pushing like mad to get an end customer and working with commercial property firm CBRE and advisers KPMG. I firmly believe we can get a tenant or a memorandum of understanding, but we may build it speculatively anyway."
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