STT GDC has begun work on a new data center in Noida, India.

The data center firm this week said construction is underway for Phase 1 of a new greenfield data center facility, known STT Noida DC 1, in the Uttar Pradesh region.

Phase 1 will offer up to 18MW of critical IT load and is expected to be completed by Q2 2022.

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STT GDC's Defu data center – STT GDC

The company said it was investing up to 1100 crore ($150 million) in the whole project. Once fully built out, the five-acre site will be able to support up to 35MW of capacity.

“Our decision to expand in Noida is driven by the continuing rapid growth in the Indian data center industry supporting the massive digital transformation that the country is experiencing,” said Sumit Mukhija, CEO, STT GDC India.

“The promise of Noida emerging as a new data center hub is well supported by progressive policy impetus at both the Central and State governments. We look forward to leading from the front as we expand and continue to support clients with an unwavering commitment to uninterrupted business continuity.”

The purpose-built facility will utilize a modular design and source more than half of its power from renewable energy sources.

STT first revealed its ambition to build a data center in Noida in January and joins a raft of other companies building in the region; Adani, NTT, Reliance Jio, and Yotta all have projects in development around the Noida area.