Residents of Bnei Zion have sued Google Data Center


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A group of Bnei Zion residents asked the Lod District Court to revoke the building permit that the Hof HaSharon Regional Council (north of Tel Aviv) had given Google to build a data center in the village (moshav). The petition asks the court to instruct the local regional council to reopen hearings on environmental issues such as noise and radiation.

In mid-July, the first phase of building a server farm began with excavation and execution of works on the foundations. Construction is planned to take 18 months. Residents whose homes are near the site fear the environmental and health implications of the data center next to their homes. The main concern is the noise generated by “chillers” that cool huge computers in the data center, as well as non-ionizing radiation from electrical, cellular and RF radio operations on the site.

The Hof HaSharon Regional Council claims that the final permit has not yet been issued and that the permit only applies to the foundations of the building.

Google is in a race against time to build data centers in Israel by 2023 as part of its commitment to provide cloud services to government ministries and the Israeli Defense Forces in a major Nimbus tender, which it won along with Amazon Web Services (AWS). To qualify for the tender, Google and AWS must build a network of large server farms across the country.

But while AWS is in an advanced stage of construction in several industrial zones in the Hasharon region, Google has yet to seriously begin building its data centers. It will be the last U.S. technology giant to build data centers in Israel, and after last week’s administrative petition to the court in Lod, Google is more than ever away from completing its construction task.

The planned data center at Bnei Zion is being built by Avner Papouchad’s ServerFarm in partnership with the Israeli Infrastructure Fund (IIF). ServerFarm has a contract with a company called Orachat, which will lease the data center to Google.

The applicants alleged that the local council had conducted an illegal and erroneous procedure by granting far-reaching benefits to the developers and had not taken into account economic considerations.

Posted by Globes, Israeli Business News – en.globes.co.il – September 14, 2021

Copyright by Globes Itonut (1983) Ltd. 2021


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