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Data Center Update: Google Harnesses Wind Power in Finland; Digital Realty Deploys its Own Modules

June 5, 2013 By Linda Hardesty

Google data centerFor its Finnish data center, Google has inked agreements with O2 and Allianz to supply the data center with wind energy for the next 10 years.

Wind farm developer O2 has obtained planning approval to build a new 72 MW wind farm in northern Sweden, using 3 MW wind turbines. Google has committed to buying the entire output of that wind farm for 10 years to power its Finnish data center. O2 has secured 100 percent financing for the construction of the wind farm from the investment arm of German insurance company Allianz, which will assume ownership when the wind farm becomes operational in early 2015.

According to Google’s blog, this arrangement is possible thanks to Scandinavia’s integrated electricity market and grid system, Nord Pool, which enables Google to buy the wind farm’s output in Sweden with Guarantee of Origin certification and consume an equivalent amount of power at its data center in Finland.

In other news, Digital Realty will host the grand opening of its new data center at 105 Cabot Street, Needham, Mass., today. Located 12 miles from Boston, it’s the first purpose-built data center building in the Boston market in more than 10 years, according to the company. The three-story, 130,000-sq-foot building is designed to accommodate five of Digital Realty’s Turn-Key Flex data center modules.

With 10 MW of redundant utility power, the energy efficient building is designed to incorporate outside air economization, which translates to about 6,000 hours of free cooling per year.

105 Cabot Street is part of a data center campus that includes 128 First Avenue, which is home to many production data center environments serving the healthcare, insurance, financial and technology verticals. The two facilities total almost 450,000 square feet with over 200,000 square feet of data center raised-floor space, and each has fiber connectivity to major Boston locations. Digital Realty has begun leasing space at 105 Cabot.

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