Technology infrastructure company, Aligned Data Centers, had announced that it has met its 2021 targets in growth, sustainability, and historic green financing.
Their 2021 achievements include the first-ever green, and largest-ever inaugural, data center securitisation, and the first-ever U.S. data centre sustainability-linked financing. The past year also saw Aligned ranked on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 in recognition of the company’s 870 per cent growth.
“The completion of our second data center in the Salt Lake Metro Area, our expanded presence in the region with a new Build-to-Scale data centre, and our new hyperscale data center campus in Chicago are proof positive of the growing demand for our energy-efficient, sustainable, and scalable data center platform,” said Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned.
“2021 also saw Aligned make further progress on our environmental targets, including carbon reduction and water conservation. Aligned’s successful delivery of sustainable data centre infrastructure for hyperscale and enterprise customers, during a period when our industry experienced the greatest demand for digital services in history, is a testament to our top-tier people, operational maturity, and innovative technologies.”
The first quarter of the year commenced with the completion of Aligned’s second data centre in the Salt Lake Metro Area, located in West Jordan, Utah. The new 48 MW (expandable to 60 MW), 240000 square-foot facility is the second data centre to be built on Aligned’s Salt Lake Metro campus. Only a month later, Aligned broke ground on its latest hyperscale data center campus in Chicago. The first data centre under construction on the 18.5-acre campus, known as ORD-01, is a 220000 square-foot, 48 MW facility (expandable to 60 MW). Upon completion, Aligned’s Chicago campus will offer 100+ MW of capacity.
In Q3 2021, it was determined that Aligned had exceeded all of the requirements for the $1 billion sustainability-linked credit facility issued in September 2020. 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 per cent of Aligned’s annual energy consumption to zero-carbon renewable energy by 2024.
Aligned also announced the issuance of $1.35 billion in securitised notes, representing the first-ever green data centre securitisation. Concurrent with the issuance of the $1.35 billion in securitised notes, Aligned closed on an additional $375 million sustainability-linked loan, bringing the total to $1.725 billion of structured sustainable debt financing raised within the quarter.
Q3 2021 also saw Aligned’s continuing expansion in the Salt Lake Metro Area with the development of the company’s new data centre campus. Aligned acquired the new multi-megawatt site for its latest waterless Build-to-Scale development and the expansion further supports its geo-redundant growth in the region following the Q1 2021 launch of its second Salt Lake Metro data centre, SLC-02, and in advance of a third master-planned facility on its West Jordan campus.
2021 also marked a new design standard for Aligned: waterless data centres. Further innovation of its patented and Delta³ cooling technology enables seamless integration with state-of-the-art waterless systems to deliver ultra-efficient and waterless data center campuses. Aligned’s Delta³ cooling systems also allows customers to Expand on Demand, incrementally scaling in place up to 50 kW per rack without stranding capacity.
Closing out the year, Aligned became one of the first data centre providers in the industry to offer transparent and accurate data of their carbon footprint to better inform the sustainability strategies and goals of both the company and its customers. Using Ledger8760, the 24/7 carbon tracking platform that measures energy, emissions, and utility information, Aligned will be able to measure data centre energy consumption with the greatest accuracy to further reduce carbon emissions.