ZDNET writes on University of Delaware looking for someone else to build a data center after unanimously rejecting the The Data Center LLC.
Despite the unanimous vote by the board of the University of Delaware to revoke the contract with The Data Centers, LLC to build a data center and co-generation plant on their STAR campus, UD is still actively interested in finding another datacenter tenant for the site. The trick, they say, is to find a traditional datacenter operator who just wants to connect to the public power grid.
UD had been fine with the original data center plans, until the scope of the power generation facility came to the attention of community and environmental groups, who raised such a stink about the plan that it even became an issue in the most recent mayoral race in Newark, DE.
As the complaints and protests reached a crest, UD caved to the public pressure and shut the project down, backpedaling with commentary as to how the project had grown too far beyond its original scope to be suitable for their brownfield recycled automotive assembly plant site.
Do you know anyone who has a big demand for data center space in Delaware? i don’t. Looking at Level 3 network map it looks like the corner of Delaware is not relevant between Washington DC to NYC. Philadelphia and New Jersey has more appeal for a data center site.