Emerge, a joint venture between Masdar and EDF, has signed an agreement with Khazna Data Centers, the largest network of hyper-scale data centers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, in order to develop a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) plant to power Khazna’s new data center in Masdar City.
The company said that the plant will have an installed capacity of 7-megawatt peak (MWp) and provide electricity to the Khazna Abu Dhabi 6 (AUH 6) facility, which is currently under construction in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban development.
Furthermore, it has obtained Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy Solar Photovoltaic (PV) self-regulating generation license.
“The increasing demand for data has been astounding. To successfully meet the growing reliance on data and the rise of IoT, data centers have had to rapidly expand their infrastructure. As a result, data centers have inevitably become some of the world’s main consumers of energy. At Khazna Data Centers, we recognize the impact that data centers have on the environment, and we are designing and constructing today’s data centers with sustainability at top of our mind in addition to implementing environmental solutions to help mitigate the effects of climate change.”
Emerge will provide a full turnkey solution for the project, including finance, design, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance, for 25 years.
Mr. Michel Abi Saab, General Manager, Emerge, said that “this agreement with Khazna Data Centers advances Abu Dhabi’s commitment to sustainability and high-tech industry, and extends Emerge’s range of offerings.”
“By providing and managing a reliable source of clean energy, Emerge will enable Khazna to focus on providing high-quality data center services to its clients within Masdar City and beyond,” Mr. Abi Saab added.