DOE to assess RE needs of hyperscale data centers

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has urged hyperscale data center developers to submit their proposals for sourcing power from renewable energy sources to better assess the industry’s energy requirements.

In a report by Business World, Energy Undersecretary Rowena Cristina L. Guevara said the country’s ambition to become a hub for hyperscale data centers will require an increased demand for renewable energy resources. 

Guevara explained that each hyperscale data center demands a substantial electricity supply ranging between 8 to 125 megawatts (MW), highlighting the need for an alignment between demand and supply. She also revealed that developers may require considerable time to adhere to the request as they are in the nascent stage of becoming an industry. 

Hyperscale data centers are colossal infrastructures crucial for businesses grappling with extensive data processing and storage requisites. The Philippines is positioning itself as the forthcoming hyperscale destination in Southeast Asia. 

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) claimed that it is anticipating a quintupling surge in data center capacities within the country with a power requirement of around 300 MW by 2025.