The TN government wants to become the number one state for data centers; Publishes new policy, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

Chennai: Tamil Nadu aims to become the number one destination for data centers by meeting all specific requirements and providing an attractive business environment for companies interested in establishing such centers, the data center policy said on Friday. data released by the state government.

Chief Minister MK Stalin unveiled the ambitious data center policy after inaugurating the 20th edition of “Connect 2021” here.

The data center policy aims to promote Tamil Nadu as an ideal investment destination and the government would commit to providing power, land and connectivity infrastructure for data centers, tax and non-tax incentives for developers. of data centers to stimulate investment, he said.

The policy also encourages the use of renewable energy in data centers for day-to-day operations and appropriate institutional measures have been created as well as a supporting technological framework.

Tamil Nadu is a leading hub for data centers and is fast becoming the data center capital of the country.

According to the policy, the national data center market is expected to reach $ 1.5 billion by 2022 with growth of 11.4%.

Emphasis was placed on data centers in the context of the state’s prowess in manufacturing electronic devices, electrical equipment such as server systems, mobile devices, tablets and storage devices. . “Through this, the state provides a ready, built, and well-established supply chain for data centers to integrate and scale with the state,” the policy says.

Tamil Nadu offers an inherent advantage of data centers with high connectivity to the undersea cable network, extensive IT and ITeS (Information Technology Activated Services) infrastructure, technically skilled workforce, among others, he said.

The data center policy would specifically cover companies engaged in the development and operation of data centers – whether they are new data centers or data center parks, brownfield extensions or ‘existing data center units, among others.

“To keep pace with the evolution of technology, there would be an annual review of measures and policy definitions by the IT department,” he said.

The Data Center Policy would apply to all Data Centers incorporated from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2026. The required operational directives would be issued from time to time by the Information Technology department.

Tamil Nadu is reportedly working to create a pool of skilled labor in the data center sector, which would help attract investors to Tamil Nadu.

Electronic Corporations of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT) would be the nodal agency for data center policy administration and would work with ICT Academy to design and deliver courses specific to data center operations.

“Up to 20% of eligible fixed assets (EFA) would be authorized for new investments made in captive power plants, he said.

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