Dalarna is an excellent choice for green data center operations

With its central location in the heart of Sweden, the region of Dalarna offers a cool favorable climate for green data centers and closeness to Stockholm and Arlanda International Airport

Google acquires land in Dalarna for data center operations

In October 2017, Google confirmed property acquisition of 109 hectares in Horndal, Avesta in Dalarna. Since then, the project has moved forward step by step, preparing the Horndal Industrial Zone for development.

The Swedish Land and Environment Court gave Google the go-ahead approval according to the company’s application for permission according to the Environmental Impact Assessment for a data center in June 2021. The consent does not mean that a decision to begin the site’s development has been taken, but it is considered significant for Google’s investment process in Dalarna.

The heaven for cloud computing

Sweden has a solid, proven track record in the digital economy, driven by a high rate of technology adoption and an innovative business climate. It is no coincidence that tech giants like Microsoft, Facebook and NASDAQ have chosen Sweden to host web server farms and other mission-critical systems. Running this type of high-tech infrastructure is energy-intensive – and energy costs in Sweden are among the lowest in the world. In January 2017, the Swedish Government lowered the energy tax for data centers dramatically by 97%, resulting in the lowest price for electricity in Europe. Sweden’s extensive renewable power production, which ensures minimal carbon footprint proves an attractive offer for data centers operators. The Government’s strategy for digitization aims towards a sustainable, digitalized Sweden. Thus, according to the Government, it is vital to drive data-driven innovation in which purposeful management and infrastructure are critical foundations.

In April 2017, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the establishment of three data centres in central Sweden, the AWS EU (Stockholm) Region. In December 2018, all three data centers came into operation. All these developments show that Sweden is open for business and one of the best places in the world for technology companies to test, grow and expand their business.

In December 2018, Microsoft revealed plans to expand its presence in Sweden and Dalarna’s neighbouring county Gävleborg. The municipalities of Sandviken and Gävle in Gävleborg sold 133 hectares of land to the company. Microsoft has completed its first step of building its datacenters in all three sites in Gävleborg, including Tuna in Sandviken, Ersbo and Stackbo in Gävle.

Ideal location for green data centers

EcoDataCenter, which was open for business in Falun, Dalarna, in October 2018, is the world’s first climate-positive data center. The building of the main site in Falun is largely built of wood and all the sites, including the Main site, the Arctic site and the City site are 100% powered by renewable electricity.

The new co-location data center’s objective is to offer world-class performance solutions to customers with mission-critical requirements at the world’s greenest facility (including heat recovery). According to Carl Frögelius, CEO of EcoDataCenter,” by setting a new standard for energy efficiency and by constantly driving the development further in collaboration with our partners, we are at the forefront of cooling technology, safety and sustainability.”

Why Dalarna?

Dalarna has a strong and proud history in traditional industry with large energy-intense mills and mines demanding a stable and robust power grid in the region. The central location in Sweden enables cool climate in combination with low latency and low cost renewable energy.

The region offers various options for both greenfield and brownfield sites for data center operations through a regional cooperation between Invest in Dalarna Agency and a number of municipalities.

  • Low cost renewable energy
    Sweden has the highest share of electricity generated from renewable sources in Europe and energy costs in Sweden are among the lowest in the world.
  • Stable and robust power grid
    Sweden has a stable electricity grid and well developed infrastructure
  • Ideal central location
    Dalarna’s central location in Sweden ensures a combination of low latency, cool climate and a closeness to Stockholm
  • World-class connectivity
    Sweden is the most connected country in the world with an extensive fibre network
  • Cool climate
    The cool climate offers ideal conditions and free cooling for data centers
  • Stable economy
    The Swedish economy is stable and performing well both in a comparison over years and with other Western nations

 

Please contact us for information about investment opportunities in Dalarna!

Please contact us for information about investment opportunities in Dalarna!

Maud Hallmans
Investment Promotion Manager
Mobile +46 76-763 03 17
maud.hallmans@investindalarna.se


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Data Centers by Sweden

Invest in Dalarna Agency is part of Data Centers by Sweden. Data Centers by Sweden is a nation-wide investment promotion project managed by Business Sweden. Read more about the project here!

Reports

Digital Infrastructure and Economic Development (pdf)
Executive Summary of the report (pdf)
An impact assessment of Facebook’s Data Center in Northern Sweden
The Boston Consultancy Group

flag Etableringen av Facebooks europeiska datacenter i Sverige och Luleå (pdf)
En ex-ante utvärdering
Tillväxtverket

flag Effekter av Facebooks etablering i Luleå (pdf)
En studie av effekter på regional och nationell nivå
SWECO Tillväxtverket

DATA CENTRE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NORDICS:
AN ANALYSIS OF THE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES (pdf)
COWI study commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers

The economic contribution of Facebook data centres in Denmark, Ireland, and Sweden (pdf)
IHS Markit

Industry publications

Advantage Data Centers (pdf)
Business Sweden

Fact sheet

Application for data center tax reduction (pdf)
Business Sweden