A small new firm called Stratosfair has broken ground on its first data center in the Lanester area of France.

– Stratosfair

Le Télégramme reports that has begun work on a 150 sqm (1,600 sq ft) Edge facility in Brittany, in the northwest of the country. The company laid the first stone of its first data center at 99 rue Jean-Noël-Jégo, in the Kerpont area.

The first facility on a 500 sqm (5,380 sq ft) site will house up to four containers, each housing eight bays, and is due to come online in June. Around 60 percent of the facility’s energy will come from solar panels on the roof. The cost of the data center is estimated at €800,000 ($900,000).

The company was founded in 2020 by Bérenger Cadoret, and aims to deploy five data centers in western France targeting local businesses. It is working with Cegelec Angers Data Center, and says that its facilities will be 100 percent powered by renewable energy, and will have a PUE of 1.16. The Tier III standard facility will also look to reuse the heat in an adjacent greenhouse.

“Stratosfair's innovation is to integrate a Datacenter into the heart of a local circular economy circuit, where energy is recycled and recovered. Stratosfair is a short, connected circuit, where nothing is lost,” said Cadoret, previously a CIO for a chartered accountants firm.

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– Stratosfair

As well as raising €550,000 ($619,000) through private investors, the company has chosen to raise money via crowdfunding. The company has raised a total of €110,850 ($124,700) of a desired €450,000 ($506,000) on MyOptions.co.

By the end of 2022, Stratosfair aims to launch at two other locations that have been chosen. Almost three-quarters of the first facility is reportedly pre-leased.

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