Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, a subsidiary of the Mubadala Investment Company, has announced that it will install a 290-kilowat solar photovoltaic, PV, system to serve the facility of Khazna Data Centres, Khazna, in Masdar City.
Khaled Al Qubaisi, CEO of Aerospace, Renewables and Information Communications Technology for Mubadala, and Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, as well as Hassan Al Naqbi, chief executive officer of Khazna, signed a collaboration agreement aimed at further advancing Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a hub for renewable energy and clean technology.
Under the agreement, Masdar’s Energy Services unit will install a solar PV system on the car park roof at Khazna’s Masdar City facility.
The project will serve as a pilot for additional sustainable initiatives at both Khazna facilities in the future.
“The UAE is committed to building a sustainable nation of the future, and pursuing bold ambitions, aiming to achieve 27 percent clean energy over the next three years as part of the UAE 2021 Vision,” said Al Qubaisi, who oversees both Masdar and Khazna.
“Mubadala and its subsidiaries are committed to supporting this vision, and are always looking at ways to adopt clean energy technology.”
With additional operations at Meydan, Dubai, Khazna is one of the largest data centre infrastructure operators in the Middle East and North Africa.
It safeguards mission-critical data using the highest levels of security and operational reliability. It provides industry benchmark levels of power supply and cooling services to better serve the growing need for data centre operations in the UAE and wider region.
“This project shows our commitment to helping the tenants of Masdar City access the commercial benefits of clean technology by reducing their utility bills. It represents a first step in Khazna’s long-term strategy of becoming a greener, sustainable facility,” said Al Ramahi.
Khazna is currently in the process of expanding its capabilities across both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Once completed in 2019, these will include a total built-up area of around 31,000 sqm over the existing facilities and deliver over 24 MW of IT load.
“Not only will this support our environmental priorities and commitment to social responsibility in Abu Dhabi, it also makes commercial sense for our company and our end users, by increasing energy efficiency and lowering costs,” said Al Naqbi.