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Scotland grabs Massive Data Centre project

Property Firm Internet Villages International (opens in new tab) (IVI) has announced that it will build a green-powered "data farm" in the north of Lockerbie, Scotland.

The three-year project (opens in new tab) will start in 2008 and will receive GBP 26m in terms of funding.

The Data Centre will cost GBP 600 million to build and will be powered by biomass and local wind farms according to Peter Hawkin who announced the plan.

700 homes will also be created with the promise of more than 500 jobs; there were no details regarding whether those jobs will be created by the construction plan or whether they are long term jobs associated with the data centre - which is highly unlikely.

The Lockerbie Data Farm will consist of approximately 20 data centres and will cover 3 million square feet.

The project should dwarf Microsoft's announced data centre (opens in new tab) which will be built in Ireland which will cost GBP 250 million and will be completed by Mid-2009.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.