€3bn plan for data centres in Republic of Ireland
More than €3bn is set to be invested in data centre construction in the Republic of Ireland over the next three years, a new report has predicted.
It also claims that the continued deployment of renewable energy will be sufficient to supply the increased electricity demand that the facilities will place on the national grid.
The report, by Host in Ireland and Bitpower, noted that Irish national grid operator EirGrid recently projected that by 2027, as much as 31% of Ireland's electricity use could be powering data centres. The Host in Ireland/Bitpower report reckons the figure is currently about 6%.
It also noted that there are now 48 data centres in Ireland, with 540MW of grid-connected power capacity.
Tech giants including Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook have all built significant data centre operations in Ireland.