Apple (News - Alert) plans to build its fourth U.S. data center at Reno Technology Park, a new 2,200-acre business property being developed by the Unique Infrastructure Group and the largest dedicated data center campus in North America with on-site renewable energy generation.
KC Mares, CTO at Unique Infrastructure Group, told Data Center Knowledge that the key differentiator for the Reno site and others is “the project’s approach to energy, which enlarges the traditional role of the data center builder to act as both landlord and electric utility.” Mares also estimated that the on-site power would be able to provide customers’ energy for 5.5 cents per kilowatt hour.
In comparison, North Carolina’s Duke Energy (News - Alert) can offer power for between 4 to 6 cents per kilowatt hour.
According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Apple's Reno data center (called Project Jonathan) is estimated to generate up to 41 jobs as well as 200 long-term contractors and about 580 direct construction jobs. As part of the agreement, Apple will be getting both sales and property tax breaks from the city and county. It has pledged to power its existing data centers with significant amounts of local, renewable energy sources, so location could be tied to nearby solar farms.
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Mares will deliver the keynote presentation, “Why Apple chose Nevada for its New Data Center,” at the Nevada IT Roundtable Event on Nov. 7 at Cobalt (News - Alert) Data Center's new Cheyenne location in Las Vegas. In his presentation, Mares will be covering what Apple was looking for in its new data center location, what factors influenced its decision and why Nevada is ripe for new data center expansion.
Mike Ballard, CEO for Cobalt Data Centers, will host the event at the brand-new, five megawatt Cobalt Cheyenne data center, featuring the latest in high density, tri-redundant power. The Cobalt Cheyenne Data Center incorporates critical infrastructure to eliminate all single points of failure. With more than 450 cabinets available and power capacities up to 600 watts per s.f., the Cobalt Cheyenne collocation facility is designed to handle the most complex, power-hungry applications.
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Edited by Braden Becker