The techie Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Adani Group to build the world’s first 100 per cent renewable energy powered data centre parks in and around Vishakhapatnam. The data centre parks will bolster India’s tech infrastructure and boost the concept of green data centres in the country.
For the massive infrastructure, Adani Group is set to invest ₹70,000 crores (~$10 billion) over the next 20 years. The amount will be invested to build solar-powered data centre parks of up to 5 gigawatts in and around Vishakhapatnam which is a port city and an important industrial centre in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. This move will also create 1,00,000 direct and indirect jobs in 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.”
This development marks Adani’s single largest investment till date. With the deal, Adani Group will foray into the digital technology infrastructure sector in the country which has a lot of potentials. The data centre will position Andhra Pradesh as the east coast data centre hub for India and South East Asia. The data centres will be integrated with a cable landing station taking advantage of the coastline to help provide global connectivity and redundancy.
Earlier in December last year, Adani Group launched Adani Aerospace Park near Shamshabad in Hyderabad. The Aerospace Park is India’s first private sector unit for manufacturing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles which will cater to both the Indian Armed Forces as well as the global markets.
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.”
The parks will be constructed across three different campuses with each one offering complementing values to one another. The parks will work together in combination to provide the required redundancy and reliability to the Data Center operators. The centres will draw power from the Solar Grid and will be generated within Andhra Pradesh.
This will accelerate the growth of Renewable Energy sources. A green data centre, or a sustainable data centre, is a type of server facility that utilizes energy efficiency technologies. These data centres do not contain obsolete systems such as inactive or underused servers, and instead, take advantage of newer and more efficient technologies.