Switch to develop 180MW of solar projects to power data centres with 100% renewable energy

6 January 2016 (Last Updated January 6th, 2016 18:30)

US-based technology company Switch is set to develop two new solar farms, which will have a combined capacity of 180MW in the state of Nevada.

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US-based technology company Switch is set to develop two new solar farms, which will have a combined capacity of 180MW in the state of Nevada.

The solar power constructions have been planned to support Switch’s decision to power all of its SUPERNAP data centres with 100% renewable energy.

It will turn Switch to be the largest colocation data centre environment in the world to adopt all-inclusive green technology, the firm claimed.

To be termed as Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2, the farms are expected to be set up within this year.

Switch has formed partnership with local utility NV Energy and First Solar for the proposed developments.

The company will continue to utilise renewable energy from existing facilities in the state of Nevada, until its own solar farms begin commercial operations.

Opting for green energy is a part of Switch’s pledge taken during the 2015 Clean Energy 8.0 Summit held in Las Vegas, US.

The firm was the first data centre provider and first Nevada company to join the White House-led initiative American Business Act on Climate Pledge.

Estimates by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have indicated data centres to be one of the largest and fastest growing power consumers in the country.

"Switch has set a new standard for using renewable resources to power their growing business."

NRDC studies have shown that US data centres have consumed around 91 billion kWh of electricity in 2013, which is enough to power all households in New York City twice over.

NV Energy president and CEO Paul Caudill said: "Switch has set a new standard for using renewable resources to power their growing business.

"Switch’s leadership has opened the door for other large customers, including the City of Las Vegas, to meet their own renewable energy goals without negatively impacting the rates of other customers."

Switch CEO Rob Roy said: "From the more than 218 patented technologies that run the SUPERNAP data centres to the third-party audited industry leading Power Usage Effectiveness (P.U.E.) to the purchase of 100% renewable power, Switch has cemented itself as the leader of sustainability in the data centre industry."


Image: Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 are expected to be developed within this year. Photo: courtesy of Naypong/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net.