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nLighten completes major data centre rooftop solar installation

Wed 27 Mar 2024

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Sustainable edge data centre, nLighten UK, has announced the completion of a major solar power installation on its Milton Keynes edge data centre. The Installation is believed to be one of the largest data centre rooftop installations in the UK.

With over 1,000 solar panels over the 4,500 sqm rooftop, the CO2 emissions saved annually are predicted to be over 90 tonnes, equivalent to flying from London to New York over 80 times yearly.

The newly installed solar array, with a capacity of up to 478 kW, aims to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the data centre and promote the use of renewable energy. Based on current usage patterns, it is projected that solar-generated power will fully cover the building’s electricity needs during specific periods of the day in summer.

Managing Director at nLighten UK, John Hall, said the energy transition and assisting a sustainable digital economy is at the core of the company.

“We are working continuously to push the boundaries on the rapid delivery of secure, sustainable, and energy-efficient edge data centre environments in key markets while also innovating high-quality services,” said Hall.

nLighten’s Milton Keynes edge data centre campus is equipped with dual connections to the National Grid, backup generators, batteries, and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). The maximum availability of power at the site is 3MW.

The addition of solar panels is the latest example of nLighten’s commitment to improvement in sustainability and implementing solutions across its pan-European edge data centres.

Last year, the company launched a programme to repurpose waste heat from its data centre in Eschborn, Germany. The recovered heat will warm several city buildings, contributing to the local energy infrastructure. 

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