A new study has identified twelve prime locations for green datacentres in Scotland, helping drive investment in the country.
The two datacentre site selection reports highlight a wide range of areas across Scotland that fulfil key datacentre criteria.
By helping the datacentre market consider Scotland as a new territory for datacentre sites, the reports will support Scotland’s digital ambitions and rollout of improved connectivity.
The reports were undertaken by datacentre specialists TechRE on the behalf of Host in Scotland, a datacentre sector support initiative set up by infrastructure experts the Scottish Futures Trust, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and Crown Estate Scotland.
James King, who heads up Host in Scotland, said: “The outputs from this important commission has identified the huge opportunities that exist right across Scotland. We have long known that Scotland has a tremendous offering to the data centre sector and these two documents provide evidential support for this with a particularly strong renewable energy story.
“We would welcome engagement with data centre owners, operators and investors to provide further detail and support to their consideration of Scotland as a location for their new facilities.”
Over 100 sites across the country were reviewed and concluded with a Longlist and a Shortlist of sites. The report recommended 12 locations:
The shortlist represents sites for green datacentres which have a very clear, unique proposition and represent excellent site conditions which could quickly and easily lend themselves to becoming a large-scale datacentre facility.
The longlist also provides strong datacentre site locations which could be utilised for data centre provision but which may, in some cases, require further remediation works or upgrades in connectivity.
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Director of Marine for Crown Estate Scotland Colin Palmer said: “We’re very pleased to have been able to support this important work, which we hope will help inform future decisions.
“Our ability to keep up with the global improvements in connectivity are in large part reliant on the development of new state of the art data centres, and on the development of the new subsea cables that those data centres will require, both of which Scotland is well placed to host.”
Scottish Enterprise Head of Place Derek McCrindle said: “The scale, space and infrastructure on offer to companies looking for their next datacentre location is evident in this report with sites across the length and breadth of Scotland offering access to unique hubs that are well connected as well as providing opportunities in the supply chain and access to talent.
“The Datacentre Development report follows the launch of the Scottish Government’s Green Datacentre and Digital Connectivity Vision and Action Plan and will also attract investors looking for a place to host data that can provide the right solutions for the climate and the economy.”