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Growing Data Center Developer Plans New Project In Phoenix Area

Data center provider Edged Energy is continuing its rapid expansion in the U.S. with a planned development in Arizona. 


Connecticut-based Edged Energy filed applications with officials in Mesa, Arizona, last week to build a 126K SF data center on 14 acres in the Phoenix suburb, the Phoenix Business Journal reported. The Mesa facility, which would also include an on-site substation from local utility Salt River Project, is being designed in collaboration with HKS Architects and engineering firm HilgartWilson.

Launched in 2021, Edged Energy’s existing portfolio is entirely in Europe, with a handful of facilities in Spain and Portugal. But the firm is trying to quickly grow its footprint in the United States, with the proposed Arizona data center representing the third development effort launched by Edged Energy in the past nine months. 

In May, Edged Energy broke ground on a campus in Aurora, Illinois, that will offer more than 100 megawatts of capacity over 65 acres. The company also started construction earlier this month on a 180 MW campus on more than 70 acres in Atlanta. 

Edged Energy is a subsidiary of Endeavour, a firm launched by Aligned Data Centers founder Jakob Carnemark focused on the intersection of sustainability and digital infrastructure. In addition to Edged, the company’s holdings include firms specializing in waterless cooling, microgrids, hydrogen and biofuels. According to its website, Edged Energy aims to launch “the largest global platform of carbon-neutral, zero-water data centers.”

Mesa is no stranger to issues surrounding data center water use. The city is one of a number of hubs within the rapidly expanding Phoenix data center market, home to facilities operated by EdgeCore, Meta and NTT.  Just last week, Google announced it is breaking ground on its long-planned data center campus in the city. 

The Phoenix data center market as a whole has exploded in recent years, largely due to fast connection speeds to major markets in Southern California and the relative availability of inexpensive land with access to power. There are warning signs, however, that the power constraints that have hit most primary data center markets may be just around the corner for Phoenix.