Emerge to Develop Solar Plant for Khazna’s New Data Center in Masdar City

At the edge of Masdar City, one of the solar photovoltaic farms that powers this life-size laboratory in Abu Dhabi. ©Karim Sahib / AFP

Emerge, a joint venture between Masdar and EDF Group, and Khazna Data Centers, Middle East and North Africa’s largest network of hyperscale data centers, have signed an agreement to develop a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) plant to power Khazna’s new data center in Masdar City.

The plant, which has obtained Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy Solar Photovoltaic (PV) self-regulating generation license, will have an installed capacity of 7 megawatts peak (MWp) and supply electricity to the Khazna Abu Dhabi 6 (AUH 6) facility that is currently being built in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s premier sustainable urban development.

For a period of 25 years, Emerge will offer a complete turnkey solution for the project, covering all aspects of financing, design, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance.

 

 

According to Hassan Alnaqbi, Chief Executive Officer of Khazna, it is remarkable how much more in demand data has become. Data centers have had to quickly expand their infrastructure in order to effectively handle the growing reliance on data and the emergence of IoT. Data centers are now undoubtedly among the biggest energy consumers in the world.

At Khazna Data Centers, they are developing and building today’s data centers with sustainability in mind in addition to adopting environmental solutions to help alleviate the effects of climate change because they are conscious of the impact that data centers have on the environment.

Moreover, for Michel Abi Saab, General Manager of Emerge, this agreement with Khazna Data Centers broadens Emerge’s product offering while advancing Abu Dhabi’s commitment to sustainability and high-tech industry.

Emerge will allow Khazna to concentrate on offering its customers in Masdar City and elsewhere high-quality data center services by providing and managing a dependable source of renewable energy. Additionally, the solar PV plant will increase the company’s Abu Dhabi portfolio to over 25 MWp, both in operation and in delivery.

The second data center for Khazna in Masdar City is expected to begin operations in 2023. Khazna now manages a number of hyperscale data centers in the UAE with intentions to expand its network globally,

 

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