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Aligned bets on waterless data centre for Utah

Aligned manages today five data centre campuses with a combined total build out capacity of 650MW of IT load and three million square feet.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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August 11, 2021 | 12:09 PM BST

Aligned has expanded its footprint in the Salt Lake Metro Area with the development of a new data centre campus through the acquisition of a multi-megawatt site.

The expansion follows on from the Q1 2021 launch of its second Salt Lake Metro data centre, SLC-02, and in advance of a third planned facility on its West Jordan, Utah, campus.

The project is forecasted to meet a six-month construction timeline, with completion projected in December of 2021.

Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned, said “Our latest Salt Lake data centre is an example of Aligned’s ability to provide agile Build-to-Scale solutions focused on driving optionality, reducing added cost and risk, and enabling industry-leading construction timelines and quality.

“In addition to speed and scale, the development also satisfies our customer’s requirement for water conservation, while still delivering industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). Combined with our ultra-efficient Delta3 cooling technology, Utah’s cold desert climate enables us to deliver a waterless data centre solution.”

Just last month, Aligned increased its senior secured credit facility for data centre sustainability-linked financing by US$250 million to $1.25 billion.

The company said in a statement that Aligned’s sustainability-linked financing is tied to the company’s core environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives, and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), including a commitment to match 100% of Aligned’s annual energy consumption to zero-carbon renewable energy by 2024; aligning the company’s ESG reporting efforts with a global standard and ensuring ESG disclosure for Aligned stakeholders; and a commitment to having and reporting on a Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) with respect to workplace safety.

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