EdgeCore Digital Infrastructure breaks ground on Reno, Nevada Data Center Campus

Aug. 15, 2023
The data center provider’s facility will provide low latency connectivity to California and lower power costs.

EdgeCore Digital Infrastructure, a wholesale data center developer, owner, and operator, has begun constructing its initial data center campus in metro Reno, Nevada, a growing hub for data centers.

A recent leasing 451 Research report forecasts that between 2022-2025 Reno is projected to be the fourth fastest-growing data center market in the U.S. at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15%. Data center development in Reno is driven by its sub-three-second latency to the Bay Area and low-cost utility power, including renewable energy options.

"The demand for data center space in California continues to outpace the availability of land and power, so Reno's location just 250 miles and three milliseconds away makes it a desirable option for the world's largest cloud and internet companies," said Clint Heiden, Chief Commercial Officer for EdgeCore. "Add to that a 30% lower total cost of ownership versus a comparable deployment in the Bay Area, and Reno simply must be considered by businesses searching for data center space near the west coast."

Set to be completed sometime in 2025, this first development will accommodate an on-site substation and two data centers totaling 1.5 million square feet of space and capable of supporting 216 MW of critical IT load. EdgeCore has completed an agreement with NV Energy for its campus near Reno, with utility power being delivered to the site by the second half of 2025. Development of the substation has already begun and is also slated for completion in the second half of 2025.

"We are pleased to partner with EdgeCore in delivering energy to their new data center campus in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center," said Tony Sanchez, executive vice president of business development and external affairs for NV Energy. "Our teams have worked closely to build the strategic infrastructure necessary for this important project. Our shared commitments to environmental respect and operational excellence, coupled with the renewable energy resources we have put into our energy mix in Nevada, will provide lasting benefits for our mutual customers and the northern Nevada community."

Sustainability and network diversity are a vital focus of the new data center.

To ensure EdgeCore's LEED campus makes the most efficient use of water, the company will employ a close-looped chilled water system that uses very little water to cool its facilities and, as such, carries a benchmark water usage effectiveness (WUE) rating below .01 L/kWh. As an added benefit for customers seeking network diversity and resiliency, EdgeCore has procured a unique 564-count fiber route in Reno, connecting this initial campus with the central exchange point at 200 South Virginia in Reno.

EdgeCore has executed a growth plan that calls for it to develop data centers in several markets. In November 2022, EdgeCore was acquired by Partners Group, a leading global private markets firm. Partners Group will invest up to $1.2 billion to fund the acquisition and buildout of existing and future data center sites. The Reno development is the fourth of several projects EdgeCore has begun in 2023, the first of which was announced in January for Silicon Valley, the second in March for Ashburn, Virginia, and the third in April for the greater Phoenix area.

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Sean Buckley

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