Echelon Data Centres Given Green Light for 100 MW Ireland Data Center

ARKLOW, IRELAND — Echelon Data Centres has been granted long-sought permission by An Bord Pleanála to begin work on a 100 megawatt, 484,000 square foot data center on the Avoca River Business Park in Arklow, Co Wicklow, Ireland. The $561.1 Million USD / €500 Million Euro project is expected to create 540 jobs, which will include 450 temporary construction positions as well as 90 full-time data center staff roles. Echelon is also committed to powering the facility with 100% renewable energy.

Echelon previously received permission from the Wiclow County council in February 2019, but was forced to delay its plans thanks to an appeal. However, that appeal has now been dismissed. Now that they’re back on track,Echelon hopes to start leasing by the third quarter of 2021.

“Delighted with the news that An Bord Pleanála, the Irish planning authority, has upheld our planning permission for a €500m, 100MW data centre in Arklow, Co Wicklow. This decision really signals that Ireland is open for data centre business,” posted Echelon on LinkedIn, “We’re looking forward to starting work.”

“Clearly, the decision removes a significant uncertainty for us and clears the path to delivering a facility that will enhance Ireland’s developing data centre offer, meeting growing demand from global organisations in ecommerce, telecommunications, digital broadcasting, AI and the internet of things,” said Graeme McWilliams, COO, Echelon Data Centres. “We will be in a position to offer hyperscale tenants a potential 300MW of capacity in an Irish availability zone. Today’s ruling shows that Ireland is open for data centre business, and that the necessary decisions can be taken within a framework that allows developers a level of certainty.”

“This is fantastic news for not only Arklow but also the entire South Wicklow region, The development of the iconic IFI site at Avoca River Park as one of Ireland’s largest data centres is the beginning of a new high-tech era for South Wicklow,” added Pat Casey, TD for Wicklow and Deputy Spokesperson on Urban Renewal and Housing. “The people of Arklow and South Wicklow are 100% behind this project, as demonstrated by the thousands of signatures and online petitions that were gathered in support of the development.”