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Aligned Energy has entered phase two of its Ashburn data center campus expansion

This second phase of expansion, which includes a 409,000-square-foot, 120-MW development, comes after the company completed a first phase back in September.

Part of Aligned Energy's data center campus in Ashburn, around the time of its 2020 expansion. (Courtesy photo)

Plano, Texas-based Aligned Energy, a seven-year-old data center provider and creator of cloud solutions, has moved into the second phase of its Ashburn, Virginia, data center campus expansion.

The company’s 26-acre campus, located in Virginia‚Äôs so-called Data Center Alley, is expanding to meet its growing customer demand, it reported. Back in September, Aligned Energy completed phase one of its facility, which included an initial 368,755 square feet of space and 60 megawatts (MW) of power. This second phase of the data center expansion will include a 409,000-square-foot, 120-MW development.

“The sophistication of customers, as well as the level of development and demand in the region, require unprecedented speed to market and solution versatility that pushes beyond the boundaries of traditional data center construction and operational methodologies,” said Aligned Energy CEO Andrew Schaap in a statement.

Through its patented cooling technology, Delta Cube, Aligned Energy reports that it is reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate its data center solutions. The new campus is also located less than 800 feet from an internet exchange point, a physical infrastructure where internet service providers and content delivery networks exchange internet traffic between their networks.

“Designed to be truly adaptive and future-proof, the Aligned Ashburn campus attracts a broad range of customers and requirements, from the standard-density enterprise all the way up to the highest-density hyperscale organization,” Schaap said.

This phase two expansion comes after Aligned Energy completed a $495 million credit facility, which included an investment from Goldman Sachs, to expand its Ashburn, Dallas, Phoenix and Salt Lake City data center facilities. This type of loan financing arrangement allows Aligned Energy “to take out money over an extended period of time rather than reapplying for a loan each time it needs money,” per Investopedia.


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