Aligned Energy, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, announced the expansion of its Salt Lake Metro data center campus, breaking ground on a second facility in West Jordan, Utah. The expansion is driven by the addition of a new anchor customer as well as demand for adaptable, scalable data center infrastructure in the Western technology hub.
"Aligned continues to set — and achieve — aggressive speed-to-market targets, most recently in Ashburn, and now in Salt Lake County with our latest greenfield deployment," said Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy. "Expected to complete in Q1 2020, our second West Jordan facility will provide adaptable, efficient and sustainable data center infrastructure to enable enhanced availability, performance and scale for customers' growing cloud and application workloads in the region."
Building on Aligned's existing 34 MW, 300,000 sq. ft. West Jordan data center, the adjacent new 240,000-sq.-ft. facility will add 48 MW of capacity. At full build, the master-planned Aligned SLC campus will offer 780,000 sq. ft. of space and 130 MW of capacity in the Silicon Slopes.
"We are happy to see Aligned Energy's expansion in West Jordan. The Company's decision to further invest in our city shows confidence in West Jordan's growing economy and workforce," said West Jordan City Mayor Jim Riding. "We are proud to partner with this leading data center that will bring new job opportunities for citizens, allowing them to live and work in West Jordan."
In addition to its position as a growing technology center, infrastructure tax credits, alternative energy incentives and some of the lowest occurrences of natural and man-made disasters in the United States make Salt Lake City a desirable colocation market. Classified as a cold desert, Utah's low humidity levels also make it ideal for ambient cooling. Furthermore, the state enjoys some of the lowest-cost electricity and natural gas rates in the nation, and renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, are rapidly growing.