Aligned Launches Next Evolution of its Delta³ Cooling Technology, Increasing Cooling Capacity by 25%

DALLAS – November 17, 2020 – Aligned, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, announces significant improvements to Delta³, the Company’s patented and award-winning data center cooling technology. Furthering Aligned’s industry-leading commitment to environmental stewardship and energy efficiency, Delta³ now offers 25% greater cooling capacity, allowing for higher densities and more flexible customer IT loads.

“Aligned has always been laser-focused on solving our customers’ capacity management challenges through continuous improvements and innovation in adaptive data center design, including our efficient cooling and our advanced, standardized supply chain methodology that accelerates and streamlines delivery,” states Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “The technological improvements we’ve made on our patented Delta³ cooling system are game-changers, enabling even greater vertical densification and more efficient use of space and infrastructure to support our customers’ on-demand capacity growth.”

Aligned’s Delta³ cooling technology utilizes up to 80% less energy and 85% less water to improve power usage effectiveness (PUE), reduce environmental impact and lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for customers. Delta³ cooling systems allow customers to Expand on Demand, incrementally scaling in place up to 50 kW per rack without stranding capacity, which also improves sustainability. Providing a hyper-scalable and ultra-efficient environment, Aligned’s Delta³ cooling system delivers efficiency at any load, in any climate, and regardless of location to support companies’ stewardship goals.

Aligned’s proprietary cooling technology has originated more than 50 issued patents and over 500 patent claims. The continuous innovation of its Delta³ cooling technology reflects Aligned’s commitment to sustainable practices and principles across every facet of the organization. Recently, Aligned completed a $1 billion senior secured credit facility that is the first U.S. data center sustainability-linked financing. Aligned’s sustainability-linked financing is tied to the Company’s core environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives, and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), including a commitment to match 100% of Aligned’s annual energy consumption to zero-carbon renewable energy by 2024.

About Aligned

Aligned is an infrastructure technology company that offers adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows densification and vertical growth within the same footprint, enabling customers to scale up without disruption, all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions, combined with our patented cooling technology, offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving sustainability, reliability and their bottom line. For more information, visit alignedenergy.com and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Aligned Closes $1 Billion Credit Facility and First-Ever U.S. Data Center Sustainability-Linked Financing

DALLAS – SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 – Aligned, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, announces completion of a $1 billion senior secured credit facility that is the first U.S. data center sustainability-linked financing. The facility is one of the largest private debt raises in data center history, consisting of a $650 million term loan, a $100 million delayed draw term loan and a $250 million revolving credit facility. Aligned engaged TD Securities as the administrative and collateral agent; Goldman Sachs Lending Partners LLC as the syndication agent; and ING Capital LLC as the sustainability structuring agent. TD Securities, Goldman Sachs Bank USA, Citizens Bank, N.A., Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch, and Nomura Securities International, Inc. served as joint bookrunners and joint lead arrangers for the facility.

“Aligned’s latest sustainability-linked financing accelerates our goal to set a best-in-class example for the data center industry with respect to environmentally and socially sustainable growth,” states Anubhav Raj, CFO, Aligned. “Sustainable practices and principles permeate every facet of Aligned’s organization; aligning these initiatives with our financing further demonstrates an industry-leading commitment to environmental stewardship.”

“As experts in sustainable finance, ING identified Aligned’s potential early on as a leader committed to solving sustainability challenges associated with data center infrastructure,” adds Pim Rothweiler, Regional Head for Technology, Media & Telecom, ING Americas. “Following the company’s rapid growth over the last few years, ING was able to bring its deep expertise in the sector and sustainable finance to be named the Sustainability Coordinator for this landmark deal, a first of its kind. We look forward to working with Aligned in the future as it continues to meet its sustainability targets.”

The first-of-its-kind facility in the U.S. data center sector provides Aligned with additional capital to accelerate corporate, customer and community-related sustainability initiatives as well as short and long-term growth objectives. Aligned’s sustainability-linked financing is tied to the Company’s core environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives, and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), including:

  • Renewable Energy: A commitment to match 100% of Aligned’s annual energy consumption to zero-carbon renewable energy by 2024.
  • Sustainability Reporting: Transparency and continuous improvement across sustainability best practices. This target aligns the Company’s ESG reporting efforts with a leading global standard, maximizing consistency in ESG disclosure for Aligned stakeholders.
  • Workplace Safety: A commitment to having / reporting on an industry-leading Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR).

Earlier this year, Aligned elevated its commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability by matching 100% of the IT loads across its data center portfolio with certified renewable energy. The company was also named a 2020 Green Lease Leader by the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation. Aligned’s Delta3 cooling technology utilizes up to 80% less energy and 85% less water, significantly reducing environmental impact and allowing customers to Expand on Demand without stranding capacity, which also improves sustainability.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our team’s achievements and operational strength, culminating in an ability to continue championing a slew of firsts for the data center industry,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO, Aligned. “That sentiment is recognized and echoed in this latest and unprecedented round of financing, which provides Aligned the ability to keep expanding our data center portfolio. This includes land acquisition in key U.S. and international regions to address the heightened data center demand of our marquee clients, as well as expediting the expansion of existing data center campuses.”

About Aligned

Aligned is an infrastructure technology company that offers adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows densification and vertical growth within the same footprint, enabling customers to scale up without disruption, all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions, combined with our patented cooling technology, offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving sustainability, reliability and their bottom line. For more information, visit www.alignedenergy.com/ and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Aligned Selected as 2020 Green Lease Leader by the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation

DALLAS – JUNE 8, 2020 – Aligned, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, announces it has been named a 2020 Green Lease Leader by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance.

Launched in 2014, Green Lease Leaders sets national standards for what constitutes a green lease, while recognizing property owners and their customers who modernize their leases to spur collaborative action on energy efficiency, cost-savings, air quality, and sustainability in buildings.  Aligned has achieved SILVER Recognition for evolving its sustainability standards to implement green leasing practices that drive reduced operating costs, shared energy savings and sustainability benefits across its entire portfolio of adaptive data centers.  To receive this recognition, Aligned qualified for credits in energy efficiency and sustainability best practices such as utility data tracking and sharing, cost recovery for capital improvements and sustainability training.

“We are proud to be named a 2020 Green Lease Leader and help forge the path forward for green lease standards in data centers,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned.  “Aligning our business strategy, technologies and infrastructure closely with customers’ sustainability goals and requirements has been at the core of what we do since our inception.  Implementing green lease standards across our portfolio is another way Aligned helps customers improve power usage effectiveness (PUE) and reduce operating costs, while supporting our mission towards a clean energy future.”

Founded on the premise of solving the world’s toughest sustainability challenges associated with data center infrastructure, energy consumption and water usage, Aligned’s commitment to sustainability is woven throughout its corporate fabric. In February, Aligned announced its increased commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability by matching 100% of the IT loads across its data center portfolio with certified renewable energy. The Company’s proprietary cooling technology, Delta3, utilizes up to 80% less energy and 85% less water to reduce PUE, improve environmental impact and lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for customers. Delta3 allows customers to Expand on Demand, incrementally scaling in place up to 50 kW per rack without stranding capacity. 

Learn more about Aligned’s Sustainability Program, visit https://www.alignedenergy.com/sustainability.
To learn more about Green Leasing, visit GreenLeaseLeaders.com.

About Aligned

Aligned is an infrastructure technology company that offers adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows densification and vertical growth within the same footprint, enabling customers to scale up without disruption, all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions, combined with our patented cooling technology, offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving sustainability, reliability and their bottom line. For more information, visit www.alignedenergy.com/ and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Aligned Begins Construction on Second Hyperscale Data Center in Ashburn, VA

ASHBURN, VIRGINIA – JUNE 2, 2020 – Aligned, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, announces the expansion of its hyperscale data center campus in Ashburn, Virginia, beginning construction on a second 120 MW facility in Loudoun County. The expansion is driven by customer demand for additional capacity and Aligned’s Expand on Demand infrastructure in the data center market’s epicenter.

Building on Aligned’s existing 370,000 square-foot, 60 MW Ashburn data center completed in 2019, the adjacent new 513,000 square-foot facility will add 120 MW upon completion. At full build, Aligned’s master-planned Ashburn hyperscale campus will offer approximately 1 million square feet of space and 180 MW of capacity. The campus sits positioned atop fiber and conduit routes that offer access to more than 50 carriers in the immediate area. It is also among the few in the region that will draw critical power from multiple diverse 230kV substations for maximum redundancy.

“The first phase of Aligned’s Ashburn data center campus was completed in approximately six months, and we’re now on target to deliver the initial phase of our second Ashburn facility, a fully-commissioned 40 MW, by the close of 2020,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “Aligned’s intelligent and adaptable data center platform, combined with an advanced supply chain methodology, ensures that customers can rapidly deploy infrastructure where and when they need it — anywhere in the world.” 

Aligned’s advanced supply chain methodology offers a simple, repeatable model for customers to expand in new or existing markets across the globe. This standardized supply chain includes a 50-MW auto-replenished pool of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI), ready for immediate deployment and comprised of prefabricated, factory-built and tested power and cooling equipment. Aligned’s factory-produced, modular Expand on Demand infrastructure and robust supplier relationships ensure customers meet aggressive speed-to-market targets, mitigate risk and deploy a scalable solution that meets changing business requirements.

About Aligned

Aligned is an infrastructure technology company that offers adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows densification and vertical growth within the same footprint, enabling customers to scale up without disruption, all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions, combined with our patented cooling technology, offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving sustainability, reliability and their bottom line. For more information, visit www.alignedenergy.com/ and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Aligned Increases Facility to $575 Million in Response to Demand for Adaptive and Sustainable Data Center Solutions

DALLAS – MAY 12, 2020 – Aligned, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, announces it has increased its secured credit facility to $575 million as the company experiences continuous and consistently strong customer demand for its adaptive infrastructure solutions. Along with the continued backing of Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, BlueMountain Capital Management and Goldman Sachs Bank USA, new facility lenders include ING Capital LLC, Shinhan Bank New York Branch and TD Securities.

“We’re very fortunate to have knowledgeable investors who understand our business, and the increase in Aligned’s secured credit facility reflects their recognition of our strong market position and rising customer demand,” states Anubhav Raj, CFO of Aligned. “Armed with additional, patient capital, Aligned will be able to accelerate our short and long-term growth strategies, which extend to both domestic and global expansion opportunities.”

Aligned’s data center portfolio, across which it matches 100% of IT loads with certified renewable energy, includes facilities in Ashburn, Dallas, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City. The company’s mission is to provide ultra-efficient, rapidly deployable and sustainable data center solutions that enable customers to scale easily and efficiently as their business grows, while solving the world’s toughest sustainability challenges associated with data center infrastructure, energy consumption and water usage.

“As the business world moves at an even more rapid pace towards digital transformation, now more than ever, hyperscalers and large enterprises are demanding highly dynamic, scalable and future-proof data center solutions,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “By virtue of our solid capital foundation, focus on innovation and commitment to sustainability, Aligned offers clients a stable and responsible partner whom they can rely on, now and into the future.”

About Aligned

Aligned is an infrastructure technology company that offers adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows densification and vertical growth within the same footprint, enabling customers to scale up without disruption, all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions, combined with our patented cooling technology, offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving sustainability, reliability and their bottom line. For more information, visit www.alignedenergy.com/ and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Aligned Energy Announces Phase Two Expansion at Its Ashburn Data Center Campus

ASHBURN, VIRGINIA – MARCH 10, 2020 – Aligned Energy, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, announces that its hyperscale data center campus in Ashburn, Virginia will be expanded to meet growing customer demand. Representing one of the fastest expansions of new capacity in the Ashburn market this year, at full build, the campus will offer ~ 1 mm square feet of data center, office and amenity space as well as 180 MW of total critical load.

“Ashburn continues to be a critical growth market and we’re excited to embark on delivering the next phase of capacity in ‘Data Center Alley’,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “The sophistication of customers, as well as the level of development and demand in the region, require unprecedented speed to market and solution versatility that pushes beyond the boundaries of traditional data center construction and operational methodologies. Designed to be truly adaptive and future-proof, the Aligned Ashburn campus attracts a broad range of customers and requirements, from the standard-density enterprise all the way up to the highest-density hyperscale organization.”

The Aligned Ashburn campus was built leveraging the Company’s advanced supply chain methodology, which is based on standardization, scalability, prefabrication and simplicity. It has been instrumental in ensuring that customers achieve aggressive speed-to-market and scale with minimal exposure to risk. Additionally, as Aligned’s customers in Ashburn gravitate towards multi-density environments, its patented, award-winning Delta³™ cooling system provides a hyper-scalable and ultra-efficient environment that dynamically adapts to customers’ IT loads and supports high, mixed and variable rack densities of 1-50kW in the same row.

Situated adjacent to the highest density of dark fiber in the nation, Aligned’s Ashburn campus provides ample connectivity, offering on and near-net access to more than 18 carriers, network fabrics, and major exchanges. Moreover, the Company’s Aligned Access™ solution enables customers to expand their reach and dynamically connect to customers and partners; cloud, IT service and network providers; Internet Exchange (IX) platforms; and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) found within its Ashburn data center and beyond.

For more information about Aligned and its Ashburn data center campus, visit www.alignedenergy.com/data-centers/ashburn/.

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About Aligned Energy

Aligned is an infrastructure technology company that offers adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows densification and vertical growth within the same footprint, enabling customers to scale up without disruption, all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions, combined with our patented cooling technology, offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving sustainability, reliability and their bottom line. For more information, visit www.alignedenergy.com/ and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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