Extending the Reach of PlatformDIGITAL®
During the pandemic, Digital Realty continued to solve global coverage, capacity and connectivity needs for companies of all sizes through PlatformDIGITAL®—their fit-for-purpose global platform that simplifies access to data center and colocation capacity, and interconnection through a single data center provider, with tailored infrastructure deployments and controls. PlatformDIGITAL® provides customers a trusted foundation and proven Pervasive Datacenter Architecture (PDxTM) solution methodology for scaling digital business and efficiently managing data gravity challenges.
In April 2021 Digital Realty extended the reach of PlatformDIGITAL® with Digital Loyang II or SIN12 in Singapore, a multi-story, 50-megawatt that represents their largest data center yet in the country. This significant expansion to Digital Realty in Singapore will enable local and multinational enterprises to deploy critical infrastructure and scale their digital business at the heart of a connected data community on PlatformDIGITAL®.
CEO Stein said, “The opening of our third data center in Singapore is a major milestone on our PlatformDIGITAL® roadmap. It underscores our long-term commitment to support the digital economy there, by bringing our total committed investment to date in Singapore to more than US$1 billion.”
Expanding Renewable Energy Agreements
Digital Realty recently announced renewable energy agreements to exponentially amplify their renewable energy capacity. In the Greater Dallas Metro Area, the partnerships are with Citigroup and with Pattern Energy’s Phoenix Solar Project. The partnership with Citi will supply more than 260,000 megawatt-hours annually of clean, renewable energy annually, which represents 55 percent of the wind generation project output being developed by Bearkat Wind Energy II, LLC. The energy provided through the 162MW project will serve approximately 30 percent of the company’s power needs of its 13 data centers in this market.
Digital Realty now will source solar power for their Dallas-area data centers from Pattern Energy’s 82.5MW solar plant located in Fannin County, TX. Up to 310,000 solar panels at the Phoenix Solar Project provide around 85MW of renewable energy. Special attention has been paid to sustainability. All personnel will receive Environmental Awareness Training, plus a Critical Issues Analysis and Biological Resource Assessment were performed for the project site, which indicated no critical habitat for threatened or endangered species. With these two projects, soon Digital Realty’s entire Greater Dallas portfolio will be powered by 70 percent renewable energy.
Additionally, Digital Realty now has agreement to source solar power for a portion of its Northern Virginia portfolio from ENGIE North America, as well as a utility green tariff with Portland General Electric (PGE) to supply renewable power to its Oregon data center development project. Together these will add 227,000 megawatt hours of new clean energy to Digital Realty’s regional electric grids, enough electricity to meet the needs of 27,900 homes for a year.