Soon world’s first 100% renewable energy powered data center parks will be built in and around Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh (AP) and for same the state government, led by techie chief minister Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Adani Group that would bolster India’s technology infrastructure and boost the concept of green data centres.
Adani group will invest massive US$9.982 billion (Rs 70,000 crore) over the next 20 years to build solar powered data centre parks of up to 5 gigawatts in and around Visakhapatnam, a port city and industrial center in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
This capital of almost $10 billion is Adani group’s single largest investment till date and also marks Adani group’s foray into the digital technology infrastructure sector that India is looking to accelerate.
The state government, along with Adani Group will develop the hyper-scale data center market in the state, positioning AP as the east coast data center hub for India and South East Asia, they said. It will also be integrated with a cable landing station that will take advantage of the state’s long coastline to help provide the needed global connectivity and redundancy that the country needs to manage its exponential growth of data.
Notably, this development involving Adani group comes within a month after the group has recently launched Adani Aerospace Park near Shamshabad in Hyderabad. The Aerospace Park is touted as India’s first private sector unit for manufacturing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to cater to both the Indian armed forces and the global market.
In line with the State Government’s IT policy and focus on promoting data centers, cloud infrastructure, and allied technology industries as well as renewable energy, the Adani Group will support the development of the digital and energy infrastructure in the state by investing over Rs 70, 000 crore, over a period of 20 years which in turn is expected to create in excess of 100,000 direct and indirect jobs across the state.
The parks shall be developed across three different campuses, with each campus offering complementing value and together providing required redundancy and reliability to Data Center operators. The Data Center parks will be powered with 100 per cent Renewable Energy that will be generated within Andhra Pradesh, thereby accelerating the renewable target goals put forward by the state.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said, “Andhra Pradesh continues to raise the bar and set benchmarks as it strives tirelessly to become one of the top digital destinations in the world. From agriculture to financial markets to smart cities to healthcare, digitization is the future and will soon be a critical component of everything that we do. Efficient and eco-friendly Data Centers are the key to enabling this futuristic digital ecosystem. We are very pleased to see that the Adani Group believes in the vision of Andhra Pradesh as one of the most progressive states in India and hence, has decided to partner with the GoAP on this exciting journey.”
N Lokesh, who is the IT Minister of Andhra Pradesh, said, “All the next generation technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, big data, image processing are changing the world around us and driving innovation in every single activity we do. Complementing the mobile revolution that we are witnessing, India needs data storage, data processing and data networking. This is precisely why the partnership between the GoAP and Adani Group is critical to lay the foundation of a digital revolution that every citizen and every business can benefit from.”
A green data center, or sustainable data center, is a type of server facility that utilizes energy efficiency technologies. These data centers do not contain obsolete systems such as inactive or underused servers, and instead take advantage of newer and more efficient technologies.