Green Mountain: Committed to sustainable data centres

The company aims to be the most professional data centre operator in the market (image: courtesy of LinkedIn)
Who is Green Mountain? In line with its plans for a new data centre in Norway, Data Centre Magazine offers some insight into the sustainable developer

In line with its plans to establish a new data centre at Kalberg in Norway, Green Mountain is committed to powering low-cost data centres with renewable power.

It is a data centre developer that designs, builds and operates secure and innovative sustainable data centres in Norway and the UK and utilises a world-leading strategy on energy efficiency. The company currently operates SVG1-Rennesøy near Stavanger, RJU1-Rjukan in Telemark and the OSL1-Enebakk data centre about 20 km outside of Oslo. 

Companies like Green Mountain are helping to shift the conversation in the data centre sector towards finding new sustainable solutions to process data.

Building new sustainable data centres

Green Mountain works to build Norway’s largest data centre campus at Hamar and has partnered with German power company KMW to establish a new data centre in the Frankfurt region. 

The most important ethos of the company’s business is to satisfy customers and so the company continually works to deliver data centre services with 100% uptime. Trust is fundamental to the business and so Green Mountain has high levels of security and holds several ISO certifications.

In addition, the company aims to be the most professional data centre operator in the market. Operational efficiency is achieved through extensive use of automation in order to offer real-time insight into the key deliverables of data rooms. Through this solution, the company offers real-time data of all key deliverables like PUE, temperature, humidity, O2-level and power consumption, as well as insight into the cost of power and carbon footprint.

In addition, in 2023, the company released its 2022 sustainability report which highlights how the company reduced its CO2 emissions by 9.8%, as well as increasing the waste sorting rate from 76% to 92%.

With this in mind, Green Mountain offers well-built and maintained infrastructure with high levels of autonomy, fault tolerance and self-healing capabilities.

Its building application for the new data centre in Norway has now been submitted for a site at Kalberg, which is an area approximately 20km from Stavanger in south-west Norway. In order to meet the client's need for speedy delivery, Green Mountain is dependent on being granted the building permit for the first building in the project.

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Operating with the lowest possible environmental footprint

The first phase of construction is predicted to be completed by January 2025, with the final construction phase sometime in 2027.

When fully developed, the data centre campus will consist of up to eight data halls. The total investments are expected to be at least NOK 50 billion (US$4.6bn) with Green Mountain and the client accounting for half each. 

Green Mountain CEO, Svein Atle Hagaseth, expects a rapid processing of the application, hopefully resulting in a positive conclusion. “This project will create substantial positive ripple effects in terms of value creation, new jobs, competence development and more. Our ambition is to build this facility with the lowest possible environmental footprint and to the highest standards of sustainability. All in line with our company vision,” he says.

Green Mountain will also prepare the infrastructure for other companies to utilise the waste heat from the data centre. As Hagaseth explains: “we are in close dialogue with several companies on potential heat reuse projects. Food production in greenhouses, land-based fish farming, district heating and drying facilities are all among the options we explore.”


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