Lowe's Chooses San Antonio for Data Center

Lowe’s has chosen San Antonio as the site of a $126 million data center, contingent upon the approval of an incentive package by the City Council, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Lowe plans to build in the Westover Hills, where Microsoft is also said to be looking at sites for a 470,000-square-foot data center that would employ about 100 people. The newspaper says Paypal may also be scouting potential data center sites in San Antonio.

The Lowe’s center would employ just 25 workers, but use substantial power that would funnel revenue to the city through its utility, CPS Energy. Lowe’s is seeking a 10-year tax abatement on the data center. The project will go before the City Council on Thursday.

Local officials said the Lowe’s facility puts San Antonio on the map for data centers just as companies are looking for new sites nationwide. San Antonio has several homegrown data centers

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

One Comment

  1. 2.5 Megawatts divided by 470,000 square feet comes to 5.3 watts/square foot. Doesn't that seem preposterously low? Are they putting a store in the building?