Cirrus Approved for $7.5 Million Data Center


    Plans to build a data center and natural gas power plant in Middletown, DE, got closer to becoming a reality on May 4. The state recently approved a $7.5 million public grant to build the data center.

    Cirrus Delaware LLC has plans to build a $350 million data center facility in Middletown’s Westown development. The data center would be home to a large number of computer information in addition to a natural gas electricity generator.

    With building a facility like the proposed one, it is important to abide by certain regulations. For example, many data centers require the room temperature to be maintained between 68 and 72 degrees, and that’s not even including the various security measures companies must use to keep sensitive information safe.

    The state Infrastructure Investment Committee voted to approve the transfer of taxpayer funds to Cirrus but with a condition. The money will be made available only until the company receives an environmental permit from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The company must also prove to the state exactly who will be funding and operating the facility.

    The vote may have resulted in the committee approving the construction of the new facility, but one member, Quinton Johnson, was not on board with the decision. Although he publicly agreed to support the proposal when state lawmakers in June of 2015.

    Once the facility has been built, about 117 jobs will be available to locals within the area. During its construction, over 750 construction jobs will be available immediately.

    Among the employees needed to complete the project, engineers will play an important role. The need for engineers is fast growing, and the National Society of Black Engineers recently announced its plans to recruit pre-college students for a summer program aimed at teaching engineering basics.

    According to PR Newswire, the data center security market is estimated to grow to $12.9 billion by 2021. This is due to the growth of big data analytics and the growing demand of consumers to be more efficient.

    “Whether this project actually happens or not, if the infrastructure is put in the ground, it benefits the town of Middletown and the entire state,” said Dennis Silicato, a partner at Cirrus Delaware.