Aligned Energy has broken ground on a second facility in West Jordan, Utah.

The new 240,000 sq ft (22,300 sq m) 48MW facility will be built near Aligned’s existing 34MW, 300,000 sq ft (27,870 sq m) West Jordan data center on Aligned's Salt lake campus offering 780,000 sq ft (72,500 sq m) and 130MW at full build.

Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy, said: “Expected to complete in Q1 2020, our second West Jordan facility will provide adaptable, efficient and sustainable data center infrastructure to enable enhanced availability, performance and scale for customers’ growing cloud and application workloads in the region.”

Delta factor

Aligned’s data center campus will feature the company’s patented Delta Cube (Delta) cooling technology, which allows customers to scale up to 50kW per rack.

West Jordan City Mayor Jim Riding said: "We are happy to see Aligned Energy’s expansion in West Jordan.

"The company’s decision to further invest in our city shows confidence in West Jordan’s growing economy and workforce.

“We are proud to partner with this leading data center that will bring new job opportunities for citizens, allowing them to live and work in West Jordan."

Why Utah?

Infrastructure tax credits, alternative energy incentives and some of the lowest occurrences of natural and man-made disasters in the US make Salt Lake City a desirable colocation market.

Classified as a cold desert, Utah’s low humidity levels also make it ideal for ambient cooling.

The state also enjoys some of the lowest-cost electricity and natural gas rates in the nation, and renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, are rapidly growing.