Dalarna is an excellent choice for green data center operations
The region of Dalarna, with its central location in the heart of Sweden offers cool favourable climate for green data centers together with a 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. The project is moving forward step by step, preparing the Horndal Industrial Zone for development. This does not mean that a decision to begin development of the site has been taken, but to be considered as the next step in enabling that decision to be made.
The heaven for cloud computing
Sweden has a strong 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 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 april 2017 Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the establishment of three datacenters in central Sweden, the AWS EU (Stockholm) Region. In December 2018 went live with all three datacenters. This is further evidence 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 their presence in Sweden and in Dalarna’s neighbouring county Gävleborg. The municipalities of Sandviken and Gävle in Gävleborg sold a total of 133 hectars of land to the company.
Ideal location for green data centers
As of October 2018 EcoDataCenter is open for business in the municipality of Falun and Dalarna is home to the world’s first climate positive data center. In July 2017 the ground work of a climate-smart data center started. The objective for the new co-location data center is to offer solutions with world class performance to customers with mission-critical requirements, at the world’s greenest facility (including heat recovery).
Lower cost of power reinforces Sweden’s leading position as data center location. On 1 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.
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!