Northern Europe data center operator, DEAC, has announced that it is building a new data center in Riga, Latvia, expected to be a sustainable data center in the Baltic region.

As designed, the new data center in Latvia will have a capacity to accommodate up to 1,000 server racks, meet international Tier III standards, and deliver 10MW of power upon full build. DEAC added that the new data center will be powered by renewable energy using on-site solar panels. Backup power will be provided by MY Neste Diesel, based on a partnership announced in January.

“In 2021, DEAC already switched to 100% renewable electricity from wind farms for managing the day-to-day data storage. We also upgraded the infrastructure to reduce the energy consumption and introduced an improved cooling system. Our cooperation with Neste and the supply of Neste MY Renewable Diesel enable our diesel generators to sustainably safeguard the data in emergency situations, like power outages. With this, we are happy to mark the switch to 100% renewable energy sources,” said Andris Gailitis, CEO of DEAC.

“We are pleased that global data centers, the backbone of the digital world, follow more resource-intensive industries in search of solutions for a more sustainable future. Cooperation with DEAC marks Neste’s first time partnering with a data center to provide it a solution – Neste MY Renewable Diesel – that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% compared to fossil diesel use,” said Heidi Peltonen, Head of Sustainable Partnerships, Neste.

DEAC is owned by Quaero European Infrastructure Fund II, an infrastructure investment fund managed by the asset management company Quaero Capital. With DLC, also owned by Quaero European Infrastructure Fund II, DEAC offers two primary locations in Riga, Latvia and Vilnius, Lithuania which are all in the Baltic region.

“Together with the data center operator DLC, DEAC offers two primary locations in Riga and Vilnius and is quickly growing to become the Baltics’ most significant and comprehensive data center network,” said Sebastien Bourget, Quaero Capital managing partner.