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Starwood Capital Group to invest $972m in Irish data centres

The news follows the recent backing of facilities in other locations of the British Isles.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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January 12, 2022 | 10:19 PM GMT

Miami Beach investment firm Starwood Capital Group has agreed to invest €855 million (US$971.58 million) in Irish-owned Echelon Data Centres for the development of four facilities across Dublin.

The debt finance agreement with affiliates of Starwood will facilitate the construction and completion of data centre facilities on Echelon’s four Irish sites – DUB 10 and DUB40 (Dublin – Clondalkin and Grange Castle) and DUB20 and DUB30 (Co Wicklow – Arklow).

Echelon’s DUB20 (Arklow) site will host a partnership with SSE Renewables, which will bring 520MW of offshore wind power into the grid and will also be home to a biogas plant.

Lorcain Egan, Head of European and Asian Lending for Starwood Capital Group, said: “Following on our joint venture data centre developments with Echelon in the United Kingdom, we are delighted to continue our support for the team with this landmark financing in Ireland.“

Launched in 2019, Echelon Data Centres now has six sites across Ireland and the UK with a total potential capacity of up to 500MW.

Its sites in Ireland will have a combined capacity of around 400MW and will create more than 2,000 jobs in construction and full-time operational roles.

In the UK, Echelon’s LCY10 site in London’s Docklands is ready for occupation and LCY20, a 30MW facility located 20 miles from central London, is also the subject of a $250 million funding agreementv with affiliates of Starwood Capital Group.

Niall Molloy, CEO of Echelon Data Centres, said: “Data centres are essential infrastructure – now, post-pandemic, more than ever. If we are to continue to benefit from low-cost, reliable and time-saving tech such as Zoom and Teams, if we’re to enjoy the speed of 5G, if we are to stream on-demand and if we are to look forward to the future of AI and the IoT, then increasing data centre capacity is a given.

“Echelon Data Centres is committed to providing that capacity sustainably – taking into account its responsibilities to people, the community, the economy and to the environment – particularly in the area of power. We understand that powering a data centre with 100% renewable energy cannot happen overnight. However, our focus is on ways of achieving the goal and then mitigating impacts as we progress towards it.”

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