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Microsoft confirms plans for new data centre campus in County Kildare, Ireland

Written by Thu 21 Sep 2023

In a move to expand its footprint in Ireland, Microsoft confirmed that it is in early stages of planning a new data centre campus near Jigginstown in Naas, County Kildare.

The site, which has been earmarked for data centre use by Kildare County Council, was outlined in the 2021-2027 Naas Local Area Plan.

Engaging in initial pre-planning consultation with relevant authorities, Microsoft is taking steps to shape the design process. The tech giant has committed to conducting extensive engagements with local businesses, residents, and community groups as the project advances.

Microsoft, in a statement to the Kildare Nationalist, emphasised its commitment to sustainable design and development. Highlighting the Irish Government’s 2022 policy statement on data centres, Microsoft outlined its aspiration to align with the Principles for Sustainable Data Centre Development.

“It is Microsoft’s preferred solution to use 100% renewable energy,” said Microsoft.

Microsoft and the Government recently announced a multi-year Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (CPPAs) with energy companies to create new renewable energy contracts. This will result in Microsoft contributing nearly 30% to Ireland’s CPPA target by 2030.

The early-stage plans for the campus envision greenway walking paths, cycle tracks, and recreational amenities, which will be available for the local community to enjoy.

The development’s approval could also stimulate jobs spanning engineering, electrical, logistics, and construction during the developmental phase. The operational campus promises to offer a substantial number of permanent roles.

Microsoft envisions this development as a strategic move to bolster the digital economy and further elevate Ireland’s tech sector.

“The selection of Naas will also help to build its reputation as a regional digital hub at the forefront of Ireland’s digital economy,” said Microsoft.

Microsoft intends to deepen their presence in Kildare, building on established partnerships like those with Maynooth University, Connected Hubs in Kildare, and broader educational affiliations through the Microsoft Dream Space community and ETB partnerships.

While specific details regarding the campus’s size and capacity remain under wraps, Microsoft’s endeavour in Ireland is not new.

Microsoft has various data centre facilities in Dublin, Ireland. In April 2021, they secured planning permission for their DUB14 and DUB15 sites located in the Grange Castle Business Park.

In July 2023, Microsoft also received the green light for a 170MW gas power plant in Dublin. This facility is poised to power Microsoft’s £777 million data centre campus in the nation’s capital.

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Written by Thu 21 Sep 2023

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