Colocation and data center provider QTS Realty Trust has just signed agreements to procure renewable energy via European Guarantees of Origin for its data center in Groningen, Netherlands.
The agreements cover over 20 gigawatt hours of energy and account for 100% of the expected electricity needs of QTS’ newly acquired Groningen data center.
“Today’s announcement is another significant step towards our goal of procuring 100% of our power from renewable energy sources by 2025. Groningen is particularly important as it demonstrates our global commitment to minimizing our carbon footprint through advanced development and procurement initiatives,” said Travis Wright, Vice President, Energy and Sustainability, QTS.
The Groningen data center facility is sited northeast of Amsterdam and has a built-out capacity that represents approximately 10 megawatts of gross power and 45,000 square feet of raised floor data center space. The facility is also interconnected with more than 10 network providers and internet exchanges on site including NL-IX and Eurofiber.
This announcement follows similar renewable energy procurements by QTS in locations that include Dallas, Chicago, Piscataway, NJ, and Hillsboro, OR and the new deal supports the company’s commitment to procure 100% of its data center power from renewable energy sources globally by 2025 as documented in its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Initiatives Report.
According to QTS, companies in the commercial and industrial sector account for approximately two thirds of the world’s end-of-use of electricity. Switching this demand to renewables is transforming the global energy market and accelerating the transition to a clean economy.
The Netherlands is said to be one of the top European markets for data center vendors or providers due to competitive utility and operating costs, availability of renewable power resources and proximity to diverse connectivity options which link facilities to other major European markets.